Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Finals Preview

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"We would anticipate that the terms of an expansion draft for a 32nd team would be the same as they were for Las Vegas", said National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman.

Winnipeg Jets fans are salivating over the chance to take home the Stanley Cup for the first time ever.

They're contributing in various ways, including with secondary scoring and a freedom from the past playoff failures that became a burden for Capitals veterans. There's a sense of occasion building.

If the roster and optimization is important to how you see the series going one question that might come into mind is bringing back in Roslovic and dropping Armia. "They're a great mix of responsibility, play hard underneath the puck and they can make some pretty dynamic plays".

Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck, known for his intensity, said the Jets enjoyed the Game 7 victory for "a minute", but now the focus is on round 3. "Try to limit them as much as we can".

The Jets have had scouts at the Vegas series vs San Jose. Then they had to wait 15 years for the National Hockey League to return after the painful departure in 1996. Vegas can certainly magic their way to another series win, but the Jets can match them there too.

The Golden Knights will be on a plane to either Nashville or Winnipeg on Friday morning, and from the sounds of it, they appear to nearly be looking forward to the road start.

"It's exciting for the fans".

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Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper and Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said it was their teams' worst performances of the postseason. At this point I'd say that I don't think Vegas will beat either the Winnipeg Jets or the Nashville Predators in the Conference Finals, but they have already proven me wrong over and over. "Often times a lot of things in your game you develop in practice".

One interesting storyline that those in Winnipeg will know is that prior to the season TSN broadcast and former Winnipeg Free Press columnist Gary Lawless took a job with the Golden Knights as there director of communications and doing game day media. Vegas has a size and physical advantage on its third and fourth lines, but the Jets have much more offensive talent. Halfway through the season the Golden Knights had the best record in the Western Conference, and had endeared themselves to the Las Vegas residents who had never had a team or their own to cheer for.

Tenacity, speed, lineup depth and great coaching are the reasons why Vegas is still playing, and the same can be said of the Jets. They play the same way regardless of whether they're ahead or behind.

The series is expected to highlight speed and not be as physical as Winnipeg's clash with the Predators. There will be contact for sure in the zones, but that won't be the story.

After going eight-for-eight in the opening round of the playoffs, I fell off a cliff a bit in the second round, going just two-for-four in my predictions. "The two teams we played were very good hockey teams and we were very evenly matched with those teams", he said, referring to his playoff opponents. (The lone exception is defenceman Nate Schmidt, formerly of the Washington Capitals).

On Friday afternoon, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was asked if he could provide some insight on the speculation but he calmly deflected the query.

The Jets have exceeded every expectation placed on them this season and then some.

The Jets are one of the fastest starting teams in the National Hockey League with a plus-25 goal differential in the first period. NBC will broadcast the matchup, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 12.

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