As we get set for another exciting night of hockey between the Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights, both teams are looking to play at a high level. We have seen superstars on both sides come out and give it their all, as well as role players who have stolen the spotlight.
All numbers are as of Friday night based on the odds at SPREADS.CA
The Vegas Golden Knights are set to take on the Dallas Stars in a pivotal Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. With Dallas winning by a 3-2 margin on Thursday, Vegas looks to even things up.
In what has been a wide-open series full of action, both teams look to make a statement. Dallas looks to get a stranglehold on the series while Vegas is looking to prove that they are not out of it yet.
In a game that went into overtime, Alexander Radulov scored the game-winning goal. Now, Vegas looks to ride their veterans as they plan to even the series.
For Dallas, Miro Heiskanen needs to get going on Saturday. He has 22 points and 17 assists these playoffs. He also has recorded two power play goals and six power-play assists. He is the catalyst for this team. He will need to show up in a big way for game four.
Jamie Benn should be able to make an impact on Saturday. In 19 playoff games, he has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. With two power play goals and a power play assist, he has been a crucial asset for Dallas in that regard.
For Vegas, one of their strongest players has been the goaltender. In this series, Robin Lehrner has allowed three goals on 47 shots. He also pitched a shutout on Tuesday. He will need to continue to play at a high level if Vegas wants to win on Saturday. It seems like he always comes up clutch in big moments.
Shea Theodore needs to continue to be a big part of the equation. He scored a power-play goal on four shots in Thursday’s loss, and has two points against Dallas this series. With seven goals and 11 assists overall this postseason, he has proven to be a spark plug for the Vegas offense.
As we head into Saturday night, the play of the defenses will be crucial. With two very fast hockey teams, the goaltenders will undoubtedly have their work cut out for them. Any lapse in defense could be the deciding goal. End-to end hockey is expected when these to get together.
With Vegas down in the series, I would expect them to put forth a winning effort and take this game. They have been in difficult positions before, and they are certainly going to be in one here.
As far as betting goes, I would feel comfortable taking Vegas on the money line at 1.58. They have enough firepower to get the job done on Saturday, and the veteran playoff experience may come in handy.
-- written by Danny the Geek