Ramblings: Jets Weather the Storm in Game One & Guentzel Sits in Elite Company

Cam Robinson

2018-04-28

 

 

With just one game on tap, we’ll start things off with a little draft lottery precursor. Sportsnet announced they would prolong the pain/excitement on Saturday by revealing teams 4-15 before the San Jose – Vegas tilt. They will then leave the final three spots to be unveiled after the second intermission of that same game.

 

For those who “cheered” for a bottom-feeder, this will be their Stanley Cup playoffs and brings with it a potential to change the course of an organization or two.

 

Just in time for the lottery hysteria, I’ve released an updated Rankings Thursday night. Have a gander here.

 

 

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If you’re like me, this Winnipeg-Nashville series was the most anticipated of the bunch. In a perfect example of the atrocity that is the NHL playoff format, the top two teams IN THE ENTIRE LEAGUE face off in round two.


 

It's criminal that one of these squads won't continue on. However, at least we can enjoy the ferocity that the series will bring.


 

Mathieu Perreault joined the team in a non-contact jersey at the tail end of the morning skate. It was the first time Perreault had been on the ice since his injury in Game One against the Wild. It's a step in the right direction but indicates he's still a ways off from returning.

 

After a week of rest for both squads, the fans and players were ready to roll. The Preds' barn was rocking to start this game and their players were equally fired up. Nashville came out absolutely flying. They outshot their opponent 20-4 in the first frame, but it was Winnipeg who scored first when Brandon Tanev banged home a rebound.


 

The Jets extended their lead with two second period tallies by Paul Stastny and Mark Scheifele. That ended Pekka Rinne’s night as he gave up three goals on just 16 shots. Juuse Saros needed to make just three stops in the final frame in relief.


 

Scheifele is sporting a nice little goal-per-game output in the postseason thus far. This after scoring just two goals in the final two months of the season dating back to March 2nd. Suffice to say, he’s showing up when it matters most.


 


 

For a while there, it looked like Connor Hellebuyck might never surrender another goal against again. After shutting out the Wild in the final two games of the first round he was a man possessed at Bridgestone Arena on Friday nigh