These star RBs are NHL Playoffs ready

  • These star RBs are NHL Playoffs ready

These star RBs are NHL Playoffs ready

"I think we want him to use his speed and kind of fill in for Matty (Perreault)", Little said.

The Minnesota Wild need to win a game in Winnipeg to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and they weren't able to accomplish that in a 3-2 Game 1 loss to the Jets. Light snow continued to fall Sunday morning.

The Winnipeg Jets benefited from a whiteout within the confines of their home rink, but Mother Nature is hitting back. "It's all about the will, and Winnipeg has will right now, so this travel thing is a non-issue".

The Winnipeg Jets got a boost from their frenzied fans over their two victories at home over Minnesota.

"I thought Cory came in and played really well", Hynes said.

"We've been through that all year". They were then clinical with their own chances - the ideal way to steal a game on the road. Winnipeg's third pair of Tyler Myers and Ben Chairot were on the ice for 13 shots for, three against and three Jets goals. "I don't think we played as well as we can". "The guys care a lot, and they're a resilient group, but, most of all, they're competitive and they care". The team's an impressive 23-14 in games decided by one goal, while Minnesota is 12-16 in such games.

Byfuglien, now 33 years old, knows these playoff opportunities aren't to be taken for granted.

One will go in an alcohol-free area at Millennium Library Park, where True North vice-president for venues and entertainment Kevin Donnelly says you can bring those lawn chairs there wasn't space to set down on Wednesday night. "He is OK. He should be well-rested for [Sunday night]".

Veteran Jets defenceman Tyler Myers, who scored the first goal in Friday's win, said Saturday he wasn't too anxious about Winnipeg's young players dealing with the pressure. Devan Dubnyk stopped 39 shots for Minnesota.

"I don't know if it was about pride", said Elliott. "I've had very young teams that have done really good, and I've had really experienced teams that have sort of failed in the first round".

"Unfortunately, I didn't get a good look", Hellebuyck said with a chuckle of the Koivu hit.

In fact, with the Wild's postseason history and bad first-round matchup, expectations outside the locker room have never been lower heading into a playoff series, which is odd for a team that earned 101 points.

Saturday's practice included a lot of work on play through the neutral zone, a problem in Games 1 and 2.

"Granny's a great playmaker. But it's not our objective to make money at this", Spiring said. He'd played 38 games for the Canadiens.

Was there a point in the season that Gallant and Co. look back on as a turning point that convinced the organization they may have something special on the go?

"I think we're going to take the first game down there".

"If you come with speed, they're in trouble".

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the team that wins the first two games at home in a best-of-seven series goes on to win the series 88.7 per cent of the time. While the media were happy to predict a comfortable Jets win in this series, there were question marks over the Jets because of their inexperience and their lack of playoff success. Golden Knights earned their 34th win in their 50th contest in the 82-game schedule. "Our forwards have been extremely hard in not giving them any clean ice to make passes on breakouts".

Despite youth and the lack of much playoff experience, the Jets are finding direction and guidance in their captain Blake Wheeler.

"He's been wonderful", said teammate Adam Lowry.

Hynes wasn't ready to discuss whether he'll change starting goaltenders for the next game. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it's successfully killed off 81.1 percent of all opponent power plays.

"He's doing it all", marveled Lowry. The talk of the turnovers that led to the tying and winning goals and the awful analytics of Carson Soucy. He's using his size effectively. "We are nearly back to having everyone healthy". The Wild already cancelled today's pre-game party due to the weather. "We've had moments all year where we've needed to respond at certain points in the regular season, so it's no different tomorrow". "We have to have everybody on board to execute and respond".

"Everything has been ideal, and we obviously hope the playoffs go as well as the regular season".