Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild - 4/13/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 16, 2018,
Apr 16, 2018, 15:46
"We wanted to be able to weather the storm early if they tried to come out like they did in the first two games".
Suddenly there are two teams in this series, not just one, with a Game 4 on tap for Tuesday that will likely define everything we love about playoff hockey.
Perreault left the game midway into the second period and did not return for the third.
"Goalies are unbelievable people in that they can let those things go and come back and play great", said coach Bruce Boudreau.
"When you're the favorite, everyone expects you to be ideal", Boudreau said.
"I don't know if it made us worse, but I can say for a fact that it certainly didn't make us better", Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "He deked our player, we didn't hold the middle, and he got to come right down Main Street". A split is always the goal of the road team in the first two games of a seven game series, and the Wild had an opportunity with a 3rd period lead in game one. "We didn't play anywhere near our level tonight, and it's a fine line for us". The only situation I can see where Ennis gets in is if Eriksson Ek cannot go, otherwise Jordan Greenway stays in the lineup and deservedly so as he is becoming a real force for the Wild up front. "While you're here, you might as well give it all you've got".
Morrow was acquired at the trade deadline from Montreal in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.
Despite youth and the lack of much playoff experience, the Jets are finding direction and guidance in their captain Blake Wheeler. "He's fit in seamlessly with our group. Somebody who's kind of on the outskirts, or in and out a bit". The Jets took game one by a score of 3-2. That's how Friday night went for Minnesota.
Winnipeg outshot Minnesota 13-4 in the scoreless first period. Devan Dubnyk had 29 saves.
The Winnipeg penalty was a roughing infraction on Byfuglien, who was active with a team-high three shots on goal through two periods.
It was in contrast to the way they started the scoreless first period, surpassing the four-shot total they had in Wednesday's opening frame with five by the five-minute mark.
Winnipeg got its first power play five minutes into the second period when center Mark Scheifele was tripped by Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin, but it wasn't their shots with the man advantage that sparked the crowd. They played fast and physical and won the special teams game to earn the victory. With 10 seconds left, Daniel Winnik of the Wild fought Brandon Tanev of the Jets.
Parise quickly put the visitors ahead at 3:58 on a 2-on-1 with Mikael Granlund after a Winnipeg turnover. I think we have that depth that we've never had before. This has been a very good offensive team all year, but they have also played well at the other end of the ice and have now allowed just 2.50 gpg over their last 18 games.
"We had a time in Washington, one time we had a noon game, Pittsburgh couldn't get in, they bussed in 10 hours before the game and outplayed us". Winnipeg's third pair of Tyler Myers and Ben Chairot were on the ice for 13 shots for, three against and three Jets goals.
Matt Cullen and Zach Parise scored for Minnesota.
"I don't expect him to play 30 minutes tonight if he plays", Boudreau said. "I'm pretty sure New Jersey is going to do the exact same thing". Staal will look to continue this stellar play in game four.
The Wild were 27-6-8 at Xcel Energy Center during the regular season; Minnesota had the fewest home losses in regulation and the second-most home points (62, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins).
Boudreau, who had just wrapped up his first season as coach of the Minnesota Wild, had some words of wisdom for Lalonde, who was coming off his first season as coach of the Iowa Wild.
Fans are primed for these playoffs.