To say there were any Vezina Trophy snubs this season wouldn't be quite accurate.
It's about 1,600 miles away from the Las Vegas Valley, but this weekend all eyes in southern Nevada will be on Winnipeg as the Golden Knights take on the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference Final.
"If we don't win the Cup, I certainly hope Dave and George do", said Kolzig, who serves as the Capitals' professional development coach.
Statistically, Fleury had a case, to be sure. McNabb's average of 4.9 hits is tops among surviving teams. "Against the best team in the league", he told The Winnipeg Sun. He had an wonderful series overall but most of the goals he allowed were through his five-hole, including Haula's double-overtime victor on April 13. During the regular season, he was 44-20 with a 2.36 GAA and a.924 save percentage overall, including 30-7 with a 2.31 GAA and a.921 save percentage here at home.
As Game 1 (7 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, Sportsnet) begins, take a moment to appreciate the unpredictability of the National Hockey League and this matchup specifically.
Neal said it's impossible not to be affected by Fleury's enthusiasm. "But for the most part it was just about being ready, the mental aspect of it". If he sees the puck, most of the times he's going to save it. "He's been our best player all year". The airline has added two more non-stop flights from Winnipeg to Vegas next week.
"It was kind of a bit of a whim but I know it'll be super awesome". Every night he's making huge saves for us at the right time.More news: Trump's withdrawal from the Iran deal raises frightening questions
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Prove himself he has, too. The Golden Knights have gone 26-20 on the road and they have averaged 2.89 gpg and have allowed 2.87 gpg in those games. "In playoffs that rarely happens". After being forgotten this season, the Capitals put together arguably their most impressive season in the Ovechkin-era.
They have plenty of company, becoming the ninth Presidents' Trophy victor in the past decade not to win the Stanley Cup. This should be a really good series that features plenty of offence (Ovie vs Stamkos) and some great goaltending (Holtby vs Vasilevskiy). For instance, Jonathan Quick backstopped the Kings to the 2012 Cup with a.946 mark, Tuukka Rask got the Bruins to the 2013 final with a.940 SP.
That makes it imperative for Vegas to perform well early in games. A great leader, a fun guy to be around.
It also gives the opposition something to think about. Scheifele dominated Game 7 at Nashville in the 5-1 victory as he scored two goals to help send Winnipeg to the conference finals. "This time of year, a hot goaltender can carry a team a long way", Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. "We'll know who's there and we'll know they are there but we probably won't hear from them".
Finally, Alexander Ovechkin is going to the conference final. The Golden Knights do have the ability to rally late, winning six games this season when trailing entering the final period - fourth best in the National Hockey League.
Winnipeg has been a decent offensive team in the playoffs as they come in ranked 5th in scoring at 3.17 gpg, while also ranking 10th in shots taken (31.8 spg) and 8th in power play conversions, converting on 22.6% of their chances. "That's what he's doing".
"You just want to use it".