The Vegas Golden Knights (0-0 series) will begin their postseason tonight at 6:30 p.m. for game one of their series against the Winnipeg Jets (0-0 series) at T-Mobile Arena. The Pacific Division-winning Golden Knights take on the second Wild Card team, the Winnipeg Jets.
What to Watch For
Golden Knights forward Mark Stone is confirmed to return to the lineup for the first time since Janurary. The captain had his second back surgery in nine months in late Janurary, which cut his season down to just 43 games. Stone has 37 points in 46 career playoff games with the VGK.
The passion for hockey has brought back arguably the most important player to the Golden Knights lineup. Hopefully, we will see #ExpressiveMarkStone tonight or at least some time in this series.
Finally, after eight years of being in the NHL, Jack Eichel will make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut. The 26-year-old center will certainly have some extra motivation to make up for lost time and play an important role in the playoffs.
At the other end of the spectrum, the VGK have Alex Pietrangelo, Alec Martinez, Chandler Stephenson, Phil Kessel, Ivan Barbashev, and Jonathan Quick as Stanley Cup Champions on their roster. All are players that Eichel could lean on for guidance in the postseason.
After a hectic season with rotating goaltenders, Laurent Brossoit will get the start in goal for the Golden Knights. Brossoit had a crazy season, coming back from hip surgery to start the year. He was sent down to the Henderson Silver Knights only to come up when other VGK goaltending injures arose.
Brossoit then went 7-0-3 with the VGK and has emerged as the team's most recent starter. He will face off not only against his former team, the Winnipeg Jets but his former goaltending partner, Vezina-Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck.
Projected Golden Knights Line Combinations
Ivan Barbashev- Jack Eichel- Jonathan Marchessault
Reilly Smith- William Karlsson- Phil Kessel
Michael Amadio- Chandler Stephenson- Mark Stone
Brett Howden- Nicolas Roy- Keegan Kolesar
Alec Martinez- Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore
Nicolas Hague- Zach Whitecloud
Laurent Brossoit/Jonathan Quick
Golden Knights Special Teams
PP1: Stone, Barbashev, Stephenson, Eichel, Pietrangelo
PP2: Roy, Smith, Karlsson, Marchessault, Theodore
PK1: Karlsson, Smith, McNabb, Pietrangelo
PK2: Roy, Stephenson, Whitecloud, Martinez
Nolan Patrick, Robin Lehner/Will Carrier, Adin Hill, Logan Thompson/Paul Cotter, Teddy Blueger, Brayden Pachal, Ben Hutton
Projected Jets Line Combinations
Kyle Connor- Pierre-Luc Dubois- Mark Scheifele
Nikolaj Ehlers- Vladislav Namestnikov- Blake Wheeler
Nino Neiderreiter- Adam Lowry- Mason Appleton
Morgan Barron- David Gustafsson- Saku Maenalanen
Josh Morrissey- Dylan DeMelo
Brendon Dillon- Neal Pionk
Dylan Samberg- Nate Schmidt
Connor Hellebuyck/David Rittich
Jets Special Teams
PP1- Ehlers, Dubois, Connor, Scheifele, Morrissey
PP2- Wheeler, Namestnikov, Niederreiter, Pionk, Schmidt
PK1- Lowry, Appleton, Dillon, DeMelo
PK2- Gustafsson, Barron, Samberg, Pionk
Cole Perfetti, Sam Gagner, Kevin Stenlund/Karson Kuhlman, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Logan Stanley, Kyle Capobianco.
How to Watch/Listen
6:30 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet-RMW, ESPN 2, SNW, TVAS2,