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The Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights have something in common here – they both just went through the ringer. Each semifinal series went seven games and each team should be spent entering this opening conference final matchup. Nonetheless, despite their stamina levels, we should have one heck of a night on our hands-on Sunday.
Vegas wins at -167
The Golden Knights state their case in game 1 with a big 3-1 victory.
The Stars are a measly 1-6 in their last seven meetings with Vegas. Meanwhile, the betting favorite is 5-1 through their last six between these two.
|Stars vs Golden Knights Game Information|
|What||Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights|
|Where||Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB|
|When||Sunday September 6, 2020 8:00pm EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports, Sportsnet|
The Stars and Golden Knights have each been through hefty battles to get to this point. They were taken to the limit with the Stars surviving the speedy Colorado attack and the Knights edging past a hot youthful Vancouver squad. Now the next step from here is the Stanley Cup Final and either of these teams would make a worthwhile championship contender.
The Stars are a crafty bunch built on skill and a defensive attack while the Knights are a bunch built on finesse and snipers. This series should be extremely entertaining and promises nonstop end to end action. Either way you slice it we should have a barn burner on our hands night in and night out.
It’s no secret. The strength of these stars starts with their blueline attack and that’s been led by Miro Heiskanen. The second year Fin leads all active players in the league with 21-points in this postseason and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. He’s been the backbone of this team and needs to be involved early to establish that quick lead.
We’d say you should look to the Stars actual stars but they’ve been very quiet to say the least. It took Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin till about halfway through the semis to find their sticks and get moving. They’ve now gotten to the point where they’ve contributed a total of seven goals and 20-points to the overall effort. It’s not good enough.
That will have to improve immensely and the best way to get these guys back on the board is garbage goals. By working the puck back or out wide and digging for rebounds the Stars could have their main studs looking like true diamonds in this rough series ahead.
The Knights opening series against Chicago was a cakewalk. However, their last go around with Vancouver sucked the life out of them. They faced a hot team with a red hot goaltender over the past few games in Thatcher Demko. He at one point had posted a shutout streak of over 120-minutes against these Knights. He frustrated this team to the point of them taking meaningless game misconducts and at the end of the day Vegas was lucky to escape that series.
Moving forward though this team may be a little rusty as a result . They may be a tad tired and will need a quick start to let momentum fill the veins and hopefully take over. If Vegas can strike early, which they’ve proven quite often isn’t that tall a task, they can play their shutdown game from there. They’ve been excellent at closing down opposing offences with a lead in-hand.
The x-factors in this series for Vegas will be Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone and Alex Tuch. Tuch has proven he can slip in behind opposing defenders while Patches and Stone have shown true leadership when trailing. If Vegas can rely on their top three studs their off and on goaltending and defense will have substantially less pressure riding on their shoulders.
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