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NHL Playoffs Game One: Jets vs Golden Knights Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Apr 18)

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  • Vegas Golden Knights finished top of the Western Conference standings
  • Winnipeg Jets concluded the season in eighth overall

One of the main contenders to reach the Stanley Cup finals will open their playoff campaign on Tuesday, as the Vegas Golden Knights look to get off to a dream start in game one of their series against the Winnipeg Jets.


How To Watch

  • When: Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at 9:30 p.m ET
  • Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
  • How To Watch: NHL TV

Odds

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The Vegas Golden Knights have responded excellently after missing out on the playoffs last season. They are among the main contenders to win the top prize this season after finishing the regular season in the top spot in the Western Conference. Vegas comes into this opening game in excellent recent form, as they have won six of their last ten.

Over that period, they have suffered just a single defeat in regulation time. However, they have been most consistent on the road throughout the campaign, which means that there will be a slight question hanging over their record at the T-Mobile Arena. But, that isnโ€™t likely to be an issue in this opening round clash.

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The Winnipeg Jets managed to scrape into the playoff spots in the Western Conference, as they finished two points clear of the Calgary Flames. Their recent form is relatively strong, as they ended the campaign with six wins and four regulation defeats from their last ten games.

The Jets may not have the consistency on the road to trouble the Golden Knights, as they are the only team in the Western playoffs to have lost 20 games on their travels this season. That is a big area of concern, and it could be a massive factor that holds them back in this series.


Picks

The away form of the Jets is a huge concern coming into this series, and we find it hard to overlook their record. Therefore, we expect the Golden Knights to claim victory in game one to take a 1-0 series advantage.

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Alex Dudley
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