The Vegas Golden Knights (0-1 series) will try and even their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets (1-0 series) tonight at T-Mobile Arena at 7:00 p.m. No lineup changes are expected for the VGK, and Laurent Brossoit will start yet again.
For the Jets, Nikolaj Ehlers, who is out with an upper-body injury, will be a game-time decision.
As a reminder, the Jets will host Games 3 and 4 in Winnipeg on Saturday and Monday. If the Golden Knights win tonight, it confirms a Game 5 matchup back at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday, April 27.
What To Watch For
Simply put, the Golden Knights were not ready to play Stanley Cup Playoff hockey in Game 1. They made several costly mistakes and turnovers that allowed the Jets' top scorers to put the puck in the back of the net. Cleaning up their game is a must for game two. This isn't the regular season.
"This playoff hockey. You need an intensity level that is greater than the one we had… I don't think they were doing anything special. They get full value for the win- don't get me wrong.. but some of it was self-inflicted. So we've got to start with that," said head coach Bruce Cassidy.
While Laurent Brossoit wasn't horrible, the Golden Knights lost the goaltending battle in Game 1. Connor Hellebuyck was only beaten once, off the rush, by William Karlsson. The Golden Knights will need to find more creative ways to score on Hellebuyck, such as getting their powerplay going. At the other end of the ice, they will need key saves from Brossoit to keep them in the game.
Jack Eichel was invisible in his first career Stanley Cup Playoff game, with just two shots and a -3 rating. For the Golden Knights to be successful, they need him to up his game, even with shutdown players being up against him.
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
7:00 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet-RMW, ESPN 2, SNW, TVAS2,