I am a huge fan of the Golden Knights this season and after following them extensively this season I stand by the claim that they have a good enough team to actually advance and walk away as Stanley Cup Champions.
The Jets have given the Knights a very tough series in the Western Conference because even though the Golden Knights lead the series 2-1, the Jets walked away from game one with a 4-2 victory before losing both games two and three. game four will take place in Vegas while Game 5 will be back in Winnipeg.
In my opinion game four will be a huge game in the series and if the Jets want a shot at advancing they will need to walk away with the road victory. Carrying the momentum home will be huge for the organization in the playoffs, not to mention the Jets have an incredible fan base.
The Jets have looked incredible this season both offensively and defensively. However, the Golden Knights are one of, if not the best, puck moving teams in the league. If the Jets fall short during game four, they will fall into a big hole that will be very hard to get out of.
Since the early 70s, the team that takes a 2-1 series lead goes on to win the series nearly 90% of the time. Which would be 35 of the past 43 encounters. With the win on Wednesday, the Golden Knights are in position to advance in the series based on that statistic. If the Golden Knights can take game four then they have more than a 90% chance to advance in the series.
Game four is a must win situation for the Winnipeg Jets if they want to advance in the series, but it will be a difficult task as they face the Golden Knights at the T-Mobile Arena.
If the Jets want a chance at tying the series they will need more help on offense. Scheifele has been able to do it all offensively for the Jets as he has scored 14 of the teams 50 goals in the playoffs. Not to mention that Scheifele had both the goals during Wednesday’s loss. On the road, Scheifele has scored 11 goals which currently stands as an NHL record.
If the Jets want to succeed and advance they will need more help from their forwards. Patrik Laine needs to find his groove this postseason. Laine scored 44 goals during the regular season but has scored just 4 this postseason. Ehlers was able to score 29 goals during the regular season but has not scored yet this postseason. Little has only one goal in the 15 playoff games this season after scoring 16 during the season. Perreault has just one point while Lowry hasn’t been able to find the net since December.
Home ice has not been an advantage for teams in the postseason. Road teams are currently 38-35 in the playoffs but on the flip side the Golden Knights are currently 5-1 while at the T-Mobile Arena this postseason.
On a side note, I have been impressed by Fleury this entire postseason. Fleury has been a superstar in net for the Golden Knights this season and during game three where he was able to record 33 saves. Fleury also felt left out during a small brawl that took place on the ice and instead of trying to hold players back or place his blocker in the face of a Jets player, he had have some fun and tickled Jets captain Blake Wheeler.
Fleury has quite the resume in the postseason. Previously with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Fleury became a three time Stanley Cup champion. Fleury has posted a 10-3 record in the playoffs and a extremely impressive save percentage of .945.