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Golden Knights, Jets Set to Collide in Game 1 of Western Conference FInal

Kyle Connor #81 of the Winnipeg Jets hits the ice prior to puck drop against the Nashville Predators in Game Six of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell MTS Place on May 7, 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The Vegas Golden Knights’ magical expansion season has been record-setting across the four main North American sports, and the Knights’ historic run has culminated in an appearance in the Western Conference final against the Winnipeg Jets. Game 1, which gets underway on Saturday, is shaping up to be a classic. Is another UNDER in store for the Jets in Manitoba? Winnipeg has gone UNDER in seven of its last eight home games.

MyBookie opened the Jets as -141 home favorites with a total of six.

SHARK BITES
  • The UNDER is 3-1-1 in the Golden Knights' last five road games.
  • The UNDER is 4-0 in the Jets' last four after scoring five goals or more in their previous game.
  • The Golden Knights are 4-1 SU in their last five road games.

The Jets are only two days removed from capping a riveting 4-3 series victory over Nashville, while the Golden Knights haven’t played since ending San Jose’s season exactly even days ago. Winnipeg’s high-octane offense has been lauded throughout the majority of the campaign, but the group - especially the front six - is stepping up at exactly the right time.

The Jets’ top line of Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor have combined for 16 goals and 23 assists. Connor Hellebuyck has two shutouts, a .927 save percentage and a 2.24 goals-against average while winning eight of 12 starts in his first postseason.

Coming off a six-game series versus the San Jose Sharks, Vegas has now allowed more than three goals on only two occasions in 10 playoff games. Netminder Marc-Andre Fleury has been sensational, as the two-time Stanley Cup champion has posted a .951 save percentage and a 1.53 GAA while going 8-2 with four shutouts in the postseason. Vegas won the season series with Winnipeg 2-1 and outscored the Jets 12-11 in that span.

Vegas has gone UNDER totals with ease when coming off a win. In the Golden Knights’ past 18 games following a victory, the UNDER is 12-5-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Vegas Golden Knights in this one, they Golden Knights listed earlier today as underdogs of 135 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.8-2.4 win for the Golden Knights on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Vegas Golden Knights vs Winnipeg Jets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Winnipeg Jets bring a 60-23-11 record to the battle against the 59-25-8 Golden Knights. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Winnipeg go 46-46-2 so far and the Golden Knights go 46-43-3. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Winnipeg vs Vegas injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Winnipeg Jets at No. 12 and the Vegas Golden Knights at No. 20 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Winnipeg's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.4 goals per game, against a Golden Knights defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.66 goals allowed. The Jets power play is averaging 23.28% while the Golden Knights defense kills off 81.95% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Golden Knights were a 3-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Sharks. That made winners of bettors who got Vegas at +133 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Winnipeg was a 5-1 winner on the road against the Predators. Bettors on Winnipeg at +136 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Vegas is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Vegas is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vegas's last 6 games
  • Vegas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Winnipeg is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Winnipeg is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 6 games
  • Winnipeg is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Vegas at Winnipeg, Monday, May 14th

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