Now imagine a time-travelling version of yourself came and told you that the Western Conference final this season would be between the league's second best team, the Winnipeg Jets, and the division winning Vegas Golden Knights. Documenting that ride has been official team photographer Jeff Bottari, who has endeavored to be unique and proactive in chronicling the Knights' inaugural year.
"We're a good team, we play hard and we played well all season long", he said.
The Jets, who were prepared for a grinding, physical series against the Predators, are shifting their focus to an up-tempo style against the Golden Knights.
"I didn't like the game we played, that was the main thing", Gallant said Sunday before he and the Golden Knights left for. While the whole team impressed by showing their resilience against the playoff battle-hardened Sharks, the Marchessault-Karlsson-Smith line once again showed that they're almost unstoppable.
"We know what they bring, we know that they're good, that they maybe surprised a few teams, but not really", Jets center Paul Stastny said.
The Jets don't have much of a breather after knocking off the Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville Predators in round 2 on Thursday night.
"We would anticipate that the terms of an expansion draft for a 32nd team would be the same as they were for Las Vegas", said National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman. It hit a home run with a lot of its picks, identifying players like William Karlson and Jonathan Marchessault who were due to break out given larger roles.
"When you have games like (Thursday), you crawl out of bed, you're a little bit groggy, but you're excited", Wheeler said. He has also posted eight wins, with four shutouts, in 10 games to help propel Sin City to the conference final. Heck, the Golden Knights were not even in the league last season - but what a story. Florida handed them a good coach and two-thirds of a first line, they were bound to at least compete for a playoff spot.More news: Gazans return en masse to Israel border; 15 injured
The Golden Knights may have the advantage of rested legs, but they also will catch a unsafe Jets team that could still be fueled by momentum from Thursday's win. In the Knights' win in the first game of the series against the San Jose Sharks, Fleury joined the crowd in doing the wave in the late minutes of the game.
I don't want to pretend that I thought this would happen all along. And to think: Vrana played a tad under seven minutes in Washington's opening playoff game, then was a healthy scratch for the second. The Jets have allowed eight power-play goals on 31 chances, a penalty-kill rate of 74.2 per cent.
Winnipeg takes care of Vegas in six.
The SWBL has released their schedule and the Virden Oilers see their first action on the road as they go to Elkhorn and Reston on May 23 and 25, respectfully.
"Just happy to be here every day and not do summer workouts back home", he said. His shutout in Game 1 was his third of the postseason, but the Sharks peppered him throughout Game 2, outshooting the Golden Knights, 47-29. Fleury has had a highlight reel save in nearly every game at this point. The way Marc-Andre Fleury and Connor Hellebuyck have played this regular/post season, it might be surprising if those numbers continue on the over.
Think about that, an NHL GM instead refused to try improving their roster because they wanted to be nice to another GM.