Jets fever spreading in Calgary after National Hockey League team's second-round win

Jets fever spreading in Calgary after National Hockey League team's second-round win

IF you are one of the few who were lucky enough to get a ticket to the "free" Winnipeg street party downtown during game one of the Western Conference finals tonight count yourself lucky.

The series also pits two hot goaltenders against each other in Jets Connor Hellebuyck and veteran Marc-Andre Fleury, who's been in 125 playoffs games compared to Hellebuyck's 12. Listening to too much hockey media would lead you to believe that the league was planning on awarding the Stanley Cup to the victor of Jets-Predators series, but things won't be quite that easy for the Jets.

"Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury's teammates admire his positive disposition as much as his premier puckstopping abilities".

The Vegas Golden Knights aren't supposed to be four wins away from a berth in the Stanley Cup final.

The total has gone over in eight of Nashville's last 10 road games against fellow Central Division teams. Eliminated Minnesota in five, Nashville in seven.

Tyler Myers and Paul Stastny scored 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stunned the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Thursday night in their first Game 7 - continuing an incredible run for a team swept in its previous two playoff appearances.

Crucial to the Golden Knights success will be how well Fleury and Co. are able to contain Winnipeg's top unit of Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor. What's more, they tied the 1977-78 Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association for the longest expansion win streak (8). A franchise that had never, ever won a single game in the second round of the playoffs has a dazzling array of offensive weapons, led by Conn Smythe frontrunner Mark Scheifele, who nearly singlehandedly buried the Nashville Predators in the second round. And he's on the second line.

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Like many Vegas shows, that's a tough act to follow.

Vegas won the Pacific Division by eight points, a cakewalk in today's three-point National Hockey League era. During the regular season, he was 29-17 with a 2.24 ERA and a.927 save percentage overall, including 13-7 with a 2.11 GAA and a.934 save percentage on the road. Swept the Kings, then beat the Sharks in six ... Vegas took two of the three meetings between these teams in the regular season. Their combination of shooting (7.69) and save percentages (96.51) is a playoff-best 104.2. Steven Stamkos of Markham, Ontario leads the Lightning with seven playoff assists.

The Jets have some of the best scoring depth of any team in the National Hockey League, led by 44-goal scorer Patrik Laine. Three of Alex Tuch's four goals have come on the power play ... That winning percentage, ranked third in the National Hockey League in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 40-42 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. It is a different game on the big European ice surfaces, where speed and skill are so prevalent, and hockey played in its purest form. Five defencemen, led by Nate Schmidt (25:36), average more than 20 minutes a game ...

"I don't think that is a better team than us over there, but it didn't go our way", said Subban. McNabb's average of 4.9 hits is tops among surviving teams.

Myers initiated the scoring at 8:41 of the first period with a wrister from the far right goal line that somehow squeezed between the post and goalie Pekka Rinne, his third of the playoffs.

It's only fair and right that it comes down to game 7 in "Smashville", so let's hope the Jets rebound from their dismal performance in game 6 and keep the "Whiteout" crowd alive.

However, since taking over for Phillipe Grubauer in Game 3 of the first round, Brayden Holtby has been nothing short of spectacular, reclaiming his rightful spot in Washington's creases.

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