Vegas will be looking to put away short-handed Winnipeg on Thursday night in their NHL Western Conference first-round playoff series at Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. Here, we look at Jets vs. Golden Knights Game 5 predictions, odds, and props.
The top-seeded Knights, winners of the Pacific Division, hold a 3-1 series lead and will be playing a Jets squad, seeded eighth, that will be without its leading goalscorer and its top defenseman.
Jets vs. Golden Knights Game 5 Odds
NHL · Thu (2/22) @ 7:08pm ET
|Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Series Price Now Prohibitive for VGK
It hasn’t been an easy ride for Vegas to get to this 3-1 series advantage. The Knights were inept offensively in a 5-1 home loss in the series opener, totaling a season-low 17 shots on goal. Two games later in Winnipeg, the Knights blew a 4-1 lead in the third period but prevailed in the second overtime after a Jets shot flicked off the post.
In the Knights’ 4-2 victory in Game 4, it took an empty-net goal with 17 seconds left to finally subdue the host Jets and their fans.
The Golden Knights also are +1000 (FanDuel) to win the Stanley Cup, but the Jets are far down the odds board, listed at +20000 at DraftKings.
Jets Dealing with Key Injuries in Game 5
Center Mark Scheifele, the team’s leading goalscorer with a career-high 42 this season, left Game 4 with an upper-body injury and will be out for Game 5. The injury occurred when he tripped over goalie Laurent Brossoit’s stick on a breakaway chance and crashed into the end boards. Coach Rick Bowness said Scheifele has a chance to play if the Jets stay alive for a sixth game.
Meanwhile, defenseman Josh Morrissey, who scored 76 points (16 goals, 60 assists) in the regular season, tied for second most in the league among blue-liners, will be missing his second straight game after suffering a lower-body early in Game 3. He will be out the remainder of the series.
Left-winger Nikolaj Ehlers, who had 38 points in 45 games this season, is day-to-day yet again with an upper-body injury that has kept him from playing in this series. Injuries caused him to miss almost half the season.
Stephenson, Brossoit Lead Way for Golden Knights
Brossoit, a nine-year career backup netminder who played for Winnipeg from 2018-21, never started a playoff game until this year and has a .902 save percentage and 2.75 goals-against norm in four games this series. His former teammate and current Jets counterpart, Connor Hellebuyck, has 39 career playoff starts.
Mega speedy center Chandler Stephenson is the scoring leader for Vegas in the playoffs with six points (two goals, four assist) after finishing one point behind veteran Jack Eichel for the regular-season scoring lead with 65, a career best. He has his name on the Stanley Cup after playing for Washington’s 2017-18 title team.
In 2019 in this round, the Knights squandered a 3-1 series lead in falling to San Jose.
Jets vs. VGK Betting Trends
Here are some Jets vs. Golden Knights betting trends to help fans better understand which side has the advantage coming in:
- Hellebuyck, who won the Vezina Trophy three seasons ago, tied for the fourth best save percentage during the regular season at .920. But in the postseason he has save percentage of .895.
- Winnipeg has scored on five of 12 power-play opportunities in this series for a success ratre of 41.7, second best among the 16 playoff teams. In the regular season the Jets scored on only 19.3 percent of opportunities, ranking 21st.
- The Golden Knights have a road record of 28-7-8, including wins in Games 3 and 4, the fewest losses of any team in the league. They are 26-16-1 at home.
- In 2017-18, when Vegas reached the Cup finals, they totaled 109 points in the regular season, two shy of this year’s number. En route to the title round, the Knights ousted the Jets 4-1 in the West finals, losing the first game just like this year and then winning the next four.
Jets vs. Golden Knights Props
Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry to have the most goals in the series (-120 DraftKings)
Nice odds here since he’s the only player on either team with four goals and only two others have three — Vegas’ Jack Eichel and Stephenson. And with the likelihood this will be the last game in the series, it’s worth a bet.
Exact Series Results
Jets win series 4-3: +980
Golden Knights win series 4-1: -190
Golden Knights win series 4-2: +390
Golden Knights win series 4-3: +680
Jets vs. Golden Knights Game 5 & Series Prediction
Vegas gets the nod.
The Knights had a solid advantage with Winnipeg minus Morrissey, but an already strong Knights team down the middle will be able to take better advantage of a Jets team minus its top center.
A key to victory will be for the Knights to keep the Jets off the power play. Winnipeg didn’t have any even-strength goals in Game 4.
In what’s been described as the most physical series in the first round, the Knights should have extra motivation to end it Thursday night to rest up to face the winner of the Los Angeles Kings-Edmonton Oilers series.
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How to Watch Jets vs. Golden Knights Game 5
Game Day: Thursday, April 27, 2023
Game Time: 10 p.m. EDT
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Channel: ESPN 2