How to Watch Golden Knights vs. Jets

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He was among the first coaches hired by the Golden Knights, more than a year before they played their first game. Hell, they aren't supposed to be in the playoffs - period. The team is 3-1 in those games.

Vegas and Winnipeg open their Western Conference finals series at 4 p.m. today in Canada with the Golden Knights a small underdog to reach the Stanley Cup in their first season.

The Capitals were founded in 2001, and play in a 7,000-seat arena to some of the best fan support in the league.

DEFENCE: The blue line has contributed seven goals and eight assists in 10 games ...

On paper, the Golden Knights have the advantage.

Before the season started it would've made no sense, but it makes flawless sense now with how both teams played all season and in the playoffs. Through 94 regular season outings, 46 of its games have gone over the total, while an additional 46 have gone under and just two have pushed. Those marks placed him at second and sixth in those respective categories in the National Hockey League. In the locker room, he's an even better person. In the playoffs, the team is managing an average of 33.8 shots on goal ( 3.6 goals per game). McNabb's average of 4.9 hits is tops among surviving teams. Both of these teams have been playing well throughout the playoffs, with the Golden Knights having a bit of an easier road, as they swept in the first round, and took six games in round two. What stands out most about their run is defence. He has 11 goals in all, leading the playoffs ... Their blueprint is quite the recipe for success. The Jets are 8 for 32 on the power play (25 per cent). They have goal-scoring ability on all four lines, and this game will be no different. Speaking of Scheifele, he has been incredible this post season leading all National Hockey League goal scorers with 11, and also chipping in with five assists.

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The Golden Knights may have the advantage of rested legs, but they also will catch a risky Jets team that could still be fueled by momentum from Thursday's win.

7 - For a franchise in their debut season, Vegas has rewritten the history books. Three Knights, including William Karlsson, have four tallies. Only the Lightning have won the cup before and that was before the lockout so many years ago.

What a difference a year makes.

She's lived in Las Vegas for the past 12 years, and as a big hockey fan, was excited when Las Vegas finally got a professional sports team. The difference between the Golden Knights and their counterparts?

"We're going to offer you the best, toughest hockey market that you're ever going to see", Matt Schaubroeck with Tourism Winnipeg said. The Westgate SuperBook now has their odds at 3/1 behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are at 7/4. It's easily the most successful season by an expansion team in any pro sport.

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