Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

WestJet Adding Flights Between Winnipeg and Las Vegas for NHL Playoffs

WestJet Adding Flights Between Winnipeg and Las Vegas for NHL Playoffs

The way Marc-Andre Fleury and Connor Hellebuyck have played this regular/post season, it might be surprising if those numbers continue on the over.

The second round of the playoffs has come and gone, and what a round it was. In the Knights' win in the first game of the series against the San Jose Sharks, Fleury joined the crowd in doing the wave in the late minutes of the game. The Golden Knights are the only expansion team in the four major USA sports leagues to have a winning record (51-24-7).

Rinne took responsibility after the game, telling reporters that, "It's the most important game of the season and I let the whole team down". Speaking of defense, their blueline is rapidly becoming one of the best in the National Hockey League, led by Dustin Byfuglien, who has the ability to take games over all by himself. Incredible. In their clinching game against the Sharks, they won by a score of 3-0 and that was their 4th shutout of the postseason so far.

This will be Cameron's 10th coaching job since taking the Summerside Western Capitals all the way to the 1989 Centennial Cup final in Summerside, before losing 4-1 to the Thunder Bay Flyers.

Game 3: Wednesday @ Knights, 9 p.m. If they had a fighting chance out of the gate would they have moved?

Braden Holtby was spectacular in defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Winnipeg (-145) is now favored over Vegas (+125), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

The Winnipeg Jets were the hottest team down the stretch of the regular season as they won 11 of their final 12 games and then they went on to have a rather easy time against the Wild as they took them out in five games. Even Tampa AGM Julien Brisebois was quoted as saying that Tampa couldn't have gotten over the hump without their two newly acquired stars.

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That thought comes from experience in running a team in the NBSBL.

WestJet's special flights will operate in both directions from Winnipeg to Las Vegas on May 17 and 20 and the company says more flights could be added: "at the whims of the hockey gods". The final four were all among the top six teams in the National Hockey League in the regular season. In fact, 11 of the 13 writers for NHL.com are picking a Winnipeg/Tampa Bay final.

Vegas, just like the Lightning, are totally healthy and firing on all cylinders heading into the conference finals. "They're very passionate about our team and about hockey". Most in the hockey world think the Jets will win the series.

Vegas has shown Seattle that first-year success is possible, but they have also hurt Seattle's chances for having that same success.

"I haven't seen an empty seat in our building in seven years and we have only made the playoffs twice", Wheeler said.

Even by their owner's pre-season optimistic estimation, the Golden Knights are way ahead of schedule.

What style of series is Maurice expecting after the Jets and Nashville Predators saw an odd collection of high-scoring and low-scoring affairs in Round 2? They're a threat on the powerplay, on the rush, and from the blue-line, and on the cycle down low.

So they brought in veteran free agent Steve Mason as the starter to allow Hellebuyck time to grow, and perhaps just as important, to challenge him. Will they be able to keep up to the high-octane Jets? "But as exciting as it is, I think really the driving force within the group is there's so much more to give and there's so much more that the players want to give". You feel good, first shot of the game, you make a good save on the wraparound.

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