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The Dallas Stars jumped out an early 1-0 series lead on Sunday thanks to a quick rebound chance from the point. On Tuesday the Golden Knights will need to eliminate second chances and get back to their strong counter-attack breakout. We believe Vegas will find their feet early.
Vegas wins at -159
The Golden Knights rebound for a 2-1 win in game two.
Dallas is a perfect 4-0 after scoring two goals or less in their previous game. Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights are 4-0 hitting the Under through their last cuatro.
|Stars vs Golden Knights Information|
|What||Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights|
|Where||Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB|
|When||Tuesday September 8, 2020 8:00pm EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports, Sportsnet|
We warned you of the Dallas Stars blueline in game one and they were the deciding factor in the series opener. John Klingberg was the difference as he hopped on a Jamie Benn blocked shot to chuck it by Marc Andre-Fleury from just inside the point.
When it comes to defensive production, Miro Heiskanen has been carrying the torch on the for the Stars but in this one, he worried a bit more about the back end. The Stars shut down two big Vegas power plays and cleared the garbage and the way for Anton Khudobin to pick up his first career NHL playoff shutout.
As mentioned, the Dallas blueline has been known more thus far for their output at the other end of the rink. Because of this, they haven’t truly gotten the credit they deserve in their own third. The Stars put up a great defensive effort to help their tender shed aside all 25 shots that came his way for the clean sheet.
As we saw in the Vegas-Vancouver series though these guys are relentless so the Stars can’t sit back but at all. A one-game cushion is a very good thing but these Golden Knights have a never say die attitude and are tenacious following a loss. Don’t expect the shooting output from the black and gold to lessen any time soon.
With that, Dallas has to find a way to eliminate prime opportunities while keeping their guard up heavily on the breakout. A few times Vegas attackers were able to squeeze in behind the Dallas line with one almost resulting in a Reilly Smith goal. Thankfully a great penalty was taken to avoid a very likely tie game. Dallas defenders need to start watching that transition game like a hawk.
Head coach Pete DeBoer needs to crank up the Chris Stapleton ‘Fire Away’ in the room before the game. Vegas has shown that they don’t shy away from a challenge and they’ve found the answers through peppering shots. It’s not rocket science but these guys get it more than most.
Sadly, they faced a red hot Thatcher Demko in games five, six, and seven last series. However, they still managed to throw 124 shots his way in those final three games which is an average of 41 a night. In other words, these guys are relentless with their backs against the wall.
While Vegas needs to stay on it in the offensive zone they’ll also have to be much tighter on the back end. Only surrendering one goal in game one certainly isn’t a cause for concern but it’s the second chance that they gave up that raise an eyebrow. The Klingberg goal was a hard one to defend but the Vegas netminders have shown vulnerability on rebounds. Their defense will have to bring their A-game against these high powered Stars in game two.
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