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Friday 18th May 2018

Event of the day

Our event of the day is Game 4 of the Western Conference Final of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Winnipeg Jets at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights have turned the series around to take a 2-1 lead. Having lost 4-2 in the series opener at the Bell MTS Place, Vegas replied with a 3-1 away victory before they won their first home match 4-2 on Wednesday night. The Las Vegas franchise are having a sensational first NHL season as they have clinched the Pacific Division title before reaching the Conference Finals by defeating the Los Angeles Kings (4-0) and the San Jose Sharks (4-2) in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Jets, second in the Central Division as well as second in the Western Conference overall in the regular season, have reached the Conference Finals for the first time in their history after beating the Minnesota Wild (4-1) and the Nashville Predators (4-3).

The Golden Knights have won two of the three regular season encounters with Winnipeg, including the one in Las Vegas in November (5-2). The Jets have leaders in both goals and assists in the playoffs so far -  right wing and captain Blake Wheeler has made 17 assists while centre Mark Scheifele is the leading goalscorer with 14 goals. Vegas’ goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will try and stop them - he has managed an impressive four shutouts and has the third best goals against average score of 1.70. Centre Jonathan Marchessault is second best in the plus/minus category, currently sitting at +11, during the playoffs. We can certainly expect to enjoy another thrilling clash on the ice of the T-Mobile Arena tonight.

Honourable mentions around the globe go to the sixth day of the ATP World Tour and the fifth day of the WTA World TourInternazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. In the men’s singles, Number 1 seed Rafael Nadal takes on home favourite Fabio Fognini. In the NRL, the Eels face the Warriors at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, whilst the Broncos come up against the Roosters at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The 2018 Giro d’Italia continues with a 180km long stage 13 from Ferrara to Nervesa della Battaglia. In the Royal London One Day Cup, Glamorgan host Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. In MLB, the Washington Nationals face the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.. In the AFL, the Adelaide Crows matchup with the Western Bulldogs at the Adelaide Oval. It’s Day 2 at the European Tour’s Belgian Knockout at the Rinkven International Golf Club in Schilde. In MLS, Toronto FC face Orlando City FC at BMO Field in Toronto.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!

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