Two teams on their way to the postseason in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League will get together in Vegas on Thursday night. The Winnipeg Jets are the next team in the Western Conference to clinch a postseason spot. One more win from the Jets, and they will seal the deal. Winnipeg sits at 44-25-4 on the season, for 92 points, and third in the West. The Jets lead the Central Division by 3 points over the Predators.
For the Vegas Golden Knights- after heading to the Stanley Cup Finals a season ago, they are back in line to make a run with their 41-27-5 record. The Golden Knights have 87 points, which is good enough for fifth in the Western Conference. The Golden Knights are -115 in this game over the Jets.
Vegas Looking to Stay Hot at Home
The Vegas Golden Knights have shown the ability to win games in bunches at home. The Golden Knights are 22-10-4 at home and overall have won three straight games. Vegas scored 6 in their most recent home win. The Golden Knights have won 5 straight games at home.
The top scorer for the Golden Knights this season has been Jonathan Marchessault. He has scored 24 goals and assisted on 29 goals this season. The 28-year-old is in his fifth season and having his best season ever. The Golden Knights rank 11th in offense, with 3.07 goals per game, and 8th, allowing just 2.75 goals. Goaltending for Vegas has been veteran Marc-Andre Fleury, with his 35 wins on the season.
Jets Contender in the Western Conference
We have seen all season that the Winnipeg Jets are one of the contenders in the Western Conference to take it down. The Jets are playing some of their best hockey right now with four straight wins. In those four wins, the Jets have outscored their opponents 12-6. The last time the Jets lost was in the second of a back to back to the Capitals and the Sharks.
The Jets are led by the combination of Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. Scheifele leads the charge with 35 goals, with 11 of them coming via the power play. Blake Wheeler has added 68 assists this season and leads the team with 88 points. The Jets defense has been good in front of lead goaltender Connor Hellebyuck. He has 31 wins, while Laurent Brossoit also has 588 saves on the season.
Vegas Remains Hot at Home
The Winnipeg Jets need a win to get into the postseason. Not tonight though. While the Jets are going to get into the postseason, it will have to wait for another night. The Vegas Golden Knights are playing great hockey right now, and they are going to keep their home streak rolling. Look for Vegas to get out to an early quick start, and keep that lead.
No matter what happens, there is a chance these two teams could meet up in the postseason. Outside of Calgary and San Jose, there are not two better teams in the Western Conference. With our final bet, we are taking the Vegas Golden Knights -115 over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.