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#1 Gerard Gallant and Paul Maurice
WINNIPEG Cody Eakin Jersey , Manitoba (AP)do not know each other well despite having their NHL coaching careers overlap for several years.The men behind the benches for the Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets, though, both have led their teams into the Western Conference final after following long, winding paths.”It’s quite a story for both of them,” Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said in a telephone interview.Gallant was fired by the Florida Panthers with a winning record just 21 games into the 2016-17 season, leaving him to catch a cab outside the arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, after his belongings were unloaded from the bus.Maurice was fired by the Carolina Hurricanes twice. The second time was after just 25 games of the 2011-12 season.They will match wits Wednesday night in Game 3 when Vegas hopes home ice gives it an advantage in the deadlocked series.Gallant was infamously relieved of his duties with the Panthers, a season after being a finalist for coach of the year, because of philosophical differences between analytics-minded management and the old-school coach.”He was left on the curb Youth Colin Miller Jersey ,” Golden Knights forward James Neal said.Vegas center Jonathan Marchessault was on the bus when news broke that Florida had fired its coach.”It was kind of out of nowhere,” he recalled.And it worked out very well for Gallant and a team that also came out of nowhere.The coach discarded by the Panthers has led a collection of castoffs to a stunningly successful expansion season.”It’s a perfect fit,” Marchessault said.If the straight-shooting coach can help Vegas win three more games, he’ll join Scotty Bowman as the only coaches to lead a first-year expansion team to the Stanley Cup final. Bowman did it 50 years ago with the St. Louis Blues, and the Hall of Famer is rooting for Gallant.”It’s a nice story because he deserved a better fate in Florida,” Bowman said. ”People felt bad for him the way it happened in Carolina. I know there were some teams thinking about hiring him before Vegas did.”Gallant won a career-high 51 games this season, his seventh in the league.Likewise, Maurice had his best season with what he said has been his best team. He won a career-high 52 games in his 20th year as an NHL coach. He’s three wins away from advancing to the Stanley Cup final for a second time. In 2002, the Bowman-led Red Wings beat Carolina and hoisted the Cup.Maurice broke into the league as a coach in 1995 with the Hartford Whalers, who moved to Carolina two years later. After he was fired the first time by the franchise Womens Deryk Engelland Jersey , he lasted just two seasons and was 10 games over .500 in a pressure-cooker job with the Toronto Maple Leafs.Winnipeg hired him to lead its franchise with 35 games left in the 2013-14 season. The Jets were patient enough to let him guide a young team he took to the playoffs only once – without winning a game – before their breakout performance this season.When Winnipeg opened the postseason with a win over Minnesota, it was Maurice’s first victory in the playoffs since 2009 during his second stint with the Hurricanes. It reinforced a perspective he gained with two decades in the world’s top hockey league, knowing very well how hard it is to win in a league that may have more parity that any other in North American professional sports.”What I’ve learned – the short answer is – it’s special,” Maurice said.Maurice is as much of a student as a teacher, evolving as a communicator after having language barriers with players while coaching in Russia and learning to show perhaps 10 video clips to his players instead of 100 after coaching in the World Cup of Hockey.”He’s intense in games, but when we aren’t playing he’s pretty laid-back,” Winnipeg forward Andrew Copp said. ”He’s been in a pretty good mood, cracking some jokes in meetings lately. It shows his confidence in our team. It’s nice to have a coach behind the bench who doesn’t panic. He has an air of confidence and we carry that mentality, too.”— A rematch of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday when the Golden Knights (14-13-1) host the Washington Capitals (15-8-3) as home favorites at sportsbooks.Despite coming off losses, these are still two of the hotter teams in the NHL right now James Neal Jersey , with Vegas winning five of its last six games and defending Stanley Cup champion Washington taking seven of eight.NHL betting line: The Golden Knights opened as -129 favorites (wager $129 to win $100); the total is at 5.5 goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.1-2.4, Capitals (NHL picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or Spotify or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Capitals can pay on the NHL linesThe Capitals have owned the Golden Knights since losing Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Vegas, as they have put together a five-game series-winning streak, including a 5-2 victory in the first meeting this season on October 10.Washington's offense has been outstanding lately, with the team averaging nearly 4.3 goals during a recent seven-game winning streak that ended with a 6-5 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. In that game, the Capitals actually led 5-1 in the second period before falling.Why the Golden Knights can pay on the NHL linesThe Golden Knights simply ran out of gas in a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday to close out a three-game road trip that saw them outscore the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks by a 12-6 margin in a pair of wins.In their five-game winning streak that was snapped at Edmonton, they averaged 4.6 goals Jonathan Marchessault Jersey , and they had beaten the Oilers 6-3 on the road two games prior to that. The return of defenseman Nate Schmidt from a 20-game suspension has also helped Vegas turn things around, with the team going 6-2 and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury winning six of seven starts.Smart betting pickThe Golden Knights have finally started playing like they did last season when they took the league by surprise in becoming just the second expansion team to make it all the way to the championship round of the playoffs in their first year.Meanwhile, Washington has lost its last two games versus Pacific Division opponents, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, with both coming at home over the past month. Vegas will be out for revenge in this spot, so take the home team to pull out the win.NHL betting trendsThe total has gone over in five of Washington's last seven games when playing Vegas.Vegas is 5-1 in its last six games.Vegas is 5-1 in its last six games at home.All NHL odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.
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