Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is 8-2 in the playoffs with a 1.53 goals-against average and.951 save percentage. Even in the old playoff seeding, these four teams would have still had the #1 and #2 seeds.
Speaking at a company analyst event Thursday, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren said he expects the National Basketball Association to come to Las Vegas in a few years. Traditionally we think of size and physicality as key tools for defending, whether on the forecheck or around the net.
"I'm behind them all the way", Wall said.
Captain Blake Wheeler had two goals and nine assists in the best-of-seven.
"They're the most fun". They just completed a gruelling seven game series with the Nashville Predators and now, on one day's rest, will start the conference final.
However, since taking over for Phillipe Grubauer in Game 3 of the first round, Brayden Holtby has been nothing short of spectacular, reclaiming his rightful spot in Washington's creases.
These numbers have made him the Conn Smythe favorite so far.
Braden Holtby was spectacular in defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Grabbing the win in game six against the Sharks was Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped all 28 shots that he faced for his 4th shutout of the postseason this year and the 14th postseason shutout of his career.
There were no players on the ice, but thousands of fans exploded with cheers in the arena as the final seconds drained off the clock in the last game of the second round in Nashville, Tenn.
Rogers said that number made Thursday's game the most-watched Winnipeg Jets broadcast ever.
A lot of hockey fans are very disappointed, and they should be, that the NHL head office didn't penalize Brad Marchand for all his Neanderthal antics on the ice, namely the licking of an opposition player's face.
This Capitals team has that "it" factor to it.
Vegas, just like the Lightning, are totally healthy and firing on all cylinders heading into the conference finals.
As impressive as all of those results are, just as important is the manner in which they've gone about accomplishing them. While the whole team impressed by showing their resilience against the playoff battle-hardened Sharks, the Marchessault-Karlsson-Smith line once again showed that they're almost unstoppable. "Against the best team in the league", he said. But San Jose also had extended time off. Listening to too much hockey media would lead you to believe that the league was planning on awarding the Stanley Cup to the victor of Jets-Predators series, but things won't be quite that easy for the Jets.
"With every round, you have to elevate your game, your intensity, everything, and we didn't", Cooper said. The Golden Knights beat the Jets in two of three regular season meetings. "The Jets can apply exhausting pressure in the neutral and offensive zones". They're a threat on the powerplay, on the rush, and from the blue-line, and on the cycle down low. That's the second-highest-scoring second line in the National Hockey League.
The Lightning's trio of rookies combined for 12 playoff points through two rounds: Anthony Cirelli, Yanni Gourde and defenseman Mikhail Sergachev.
It's nearly fantastic that the Jets have come this far with their three top goal scorers combining for just five goals in 12 games, but when you have players like Scheifele, Stastny and Wheeler stepping up they way they did, the pressure is off the youngsters.
"A Canadian looking at a team down here, they know, if they know hockey and they know their players they know this is a very legitimate team", Wall said.
Airlines are adding extra flights, fares are soaring and Jets fans are stealing off to Sin City next week to cheer on their team.