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Dallas Stars beat Vegas Golden Knights 3-2
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Vegas Golden Knights
47-21-14 (2nd in Central Division)
51-22-9 (1st in Pacific Division)
Roope Hintz (19)
Jack Eichel (14)
Roope Hintz (9)
Chandler Stephenson, Jack Eichel (6)
Roope Hintz (10)
Jack Eichel (8)
Evgenii Dadonov (6)
Jonathan Marchessault (9)
Roope Hintz (3.07)
Shots (Per Game)
Jonathan Marchessault (4.18)
The Dallas Stars will travel to Vegas to face the Golden Knights in the Eastern Conference Finals. These teams both won the Second Round in six games, and their records are not that far apart, so this will be an intense series.
The Stars faced the Minnesota Wild in the First Round. They got off to a bad start in the series and were down 2-1 after three games. However, Dallas buckled up from that point and rattled off three straight victories. The Stars had a tougher Second Round matchup in the Seattle Kraken but beat them in six games. Dallas once again was down 2-1 after three games but went on to win Games Four and Five. They had an opportunity to shut the door in Game Six, but the Kraken put up a dominating 6-3 performance. However, that did not matter, as the Kraken won Game Seven 2-1. The Stars’ defense will be critical to their success going forward. Everyone knows they have a high-powered offense, but a high-powered offense is only useful when you have an effective defense.
The Stars have been led by Roope Hintz, Jason Robertson, Max Domi, Joe Pavelski, and Jamie Benn. Hintz leads this group with 19 points, but the other four have ten points or more.
Jake Oettinger will likely get the start in net for the Stars. Oettinger is regarded as a top-ten goalie in hockey and had a tremendous Game Six in the Second Round. He saw 23 shots and saved 22 of them. With that being said, the 24-year-old has struggled at times in the Playoffs. However, he is by far the best option Dallas possesses.
The Golden Knights faced the Winnipeg Jets in the First Round. Vegas lost Game One 5-1 but destroyed Winnipeg after that. They went on to win their next four games and outscored the Jets 18-9 in the process. The Golden Knights had a tougher Second Round matchup with the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers had the best regular season offense but were no match for the Golden Knights. The series was tied 2-2 after four games, but Vegas won the next two. The Golden Knights have two injured goaltenders (which will cause problems), but other than that, they are quite well-rounded.
The Golden Knights have been led by Jack Eichel, Mark Stone, Chandler Stephenson, and Jonathan Marchessault. Eichel has been on a tear and has 14 points, and the other three have 10-12 points.
Adin Hill will likely get the start for the Golden Knights. Hill only played in 27 games this season but has been thrusted into the starting role with the injuries of Laurent Broissoit and Logan Thompson. Even though Hill did not expect to play much, he has still been solid. The 27-year-old is allowing 2.19 goals per game and has a .934 save percentage.
The Stars’ offense and defense has been producing at a high level in the Playoffs, so they will win this game on the road. Bet on Dallas.
The Stars are the underdogs but will win if they shoot more than the Golden Knights and draw penalties.
The Stars only shot more than 30 times twice in the Second Round. They won the series but will have to deal with some tougher goaltending this time. They can work around this issue by shooting more than the Golden Knights.
The Stars’ power play unit has been unstoppable in the Playoffs. Dallas is converting over 31% of their opportunities and have scored some critical goals with a man advantage. This unit will score again today, but only if Dallas draws penalties.
The Golden Knights are the favorites but can only win with tough defense and aggressive shooting.
The Golden Knights’ defense did a great job of slowing down the Oilers’ offense in the Second Round but will need to continue excelling against the Stars. That will be key to the victory.
The Golden Knights’ offense is solid but not as good as the Stars’. However, they can match up with them by shooting a lot.
Roope Hintz had a great regular season but has been even better in the Playoffs. He has nine goals and ten assists in 13 games and had three goals and two assists in the final four games of the Second Round. Hintz cannot slow down now. He must continue dominating on the ice and push his team to victory.
Alex Pietrangelo has been a workhorse in the Playoffs. He is playing over 24 minutes a game and has seven assists. Pietrangelo has been the anchor for this Golden Knights’ defense and must lead them in this series. If he does not, the Golden Knights will lose tonight and lose this series.
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