The Vegas Golden Knights (1-1 series) and Winnipeg Jets (1-1 series) will play the ever-so-critical swing game, with both teams looking to take the lead in their first-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Puck drop is slated for 1:00 p.m. from Canada Life Center in Winnipeg.
Once again, Nikolaj Ehlers will be a game-time decision for the Jets. The Golden Knights aren't expected to make any personnel lineup changes but will use their newly shuffled line combinations that got them the win in game two of the series.
What to Watch For
Stars Show Up
It was only a matter of time before the Golden Knights started to get contributions from their top scorers in the playoffs. In game two, Jack Eichel, Chandler Stephenson, and Mark Stone all found the scoresheet, a big part of the VGK's success.
Also having a strong series is Golden Knights center William Karlsson, who is tied for the series lead in points with three. His defensive awareness, combined with his forechecking and skill off the rush, has made him an X-factor for the VGK two games into this series.
Winnipeg White Out
The Golden Knights will play their first game of the series away from home, with these next two games being played from Winnipeg. The fans in attendance are expected to combine to make up the "Winnipeg White Out"- a playoff tradition where everyone wears white.
Four members of the Golden Knights are from the Winnipeg area, including captain Mark Stone.
Projected Golden Knights Line Combinations
Michael Amadio- Jack Eichel- Jonathan Marchessault
Reilly Smith- William Karlsson- Phil Kessel
Brett Howden- Chandler Stephenson- Mark Stone
Ivan Barbashev- Nicolas Roy- Keegan Kolesar
Alec Martinez- Alex Pietrangelo
Brayden McNabb- Shea Theodore
Nicolas Hague- Zach Whitecloud
Laurent Brossoit/Adin Hill
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, Logan Thompson/Jonathan Quick, 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
1:00 p.m. on AT&T Sportsnet-RMW, ESPN 2, SNW, TVAS2,