Vegas Golden Knights take on Dallas Stars in Wild Western Conference Finals

Hockey Sep 06, 2020

Game 1 – Sunday (7 pm CST; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS)

Quick and Easy Facts:  The Vegas Golden Knights are in the Western Conference Final for the second time in their three season franchise history and are looking to win the Stanley Cup for the first time.   To do so, they will have to get past the Dallas Stars, who are in the conference finals for the first time since 2008, when they lost to the Detroit Red Wings.  Las Vegas and Dallas have never met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Both teams are coming off a victory in Game 7 of the second round Friday.

The Golden Knights will take on the Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. After defeating the Vancouver Canucks by a somewhat misleading 3-0 score in Game 7, the Knights will now take on a Dallas team that clinched victory in a dramatic Game 7.

With the Stars defeating the Avalanche 5-4 on Friday, they look to continue their playoff success, taking on an upstart Vegas team.  Dallas has enough firepower of their own. With both teams having veteran firepower, this could be a classic wild West shootout. Expect lots of fast hockey and fun action all around.

So, what does this mean as you place your odds for Sunday?  Don’t worry, we have you covered.  All odds are as of Saturday night based on SPREADS.CA

Here's the series price, which shows the Golden Knights as a significant favourite:

Players to Watch

For Dallas, Matt Heiskanen is certainly a player to watch in the series.  He had seven points in his last five games.  Jamie Benn has three goals in his last five, while Heiskanen and has five assists to lead the team.

For Vegas, Shea Theodore is certainly a weapon.  He has five points and two goals in his last five games to lead the Golden Knights.  Mark Stone has four assists, showing that he is a big-time playmaker.  Vegas has certainly gotten used to the playoff atmosphere over the past couple of years, and that could work to their advantage.  

In their last time out…

The Vegas Golden Knights get set to take on the Dallas Stars after defeating the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-0 margin.  For Vegas, it was the veterans that played hard in this game no goals were scored in the first two  periods.  However, the Golden Knights exported for three in the third frame.  Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch, and Paul Stastny would eat score a goal in the third period.  

For what it’s worth, Stastny had a big night, assisting on tux goal before scoring his own.  Robin Lerher had a great game in net, stopping all 14 shots he faced. In what was a magical season for Vancouver, there luck ran out on this night.

For Dallas, luck was abound, as they battled the Colorado Avalanche through four gritty periods of hockey.  Dallas scored first in the game, as Alexander Radulov lit the lamp at the 2:39 mark of the first period.  In what was a back-and-fourth game, Vladislav Namestnilov and Andre Burakovsky scored back-to-back goals for Colorado.  

It looked as though the Stars would have an uphill battle, and they certainly fought back.In the second period, Joel Kiviranta scored his first goal of the postseason at the 3:06 mark in the second.  However, Dallas would be subjected to an avalanche of goals, as the scene cadre answered back at the 5:45 mark in the second period.

Both teams went back and forth, and this set the stage for an exciting third frame. Alexander Radulov would tie the game at three at the 11:28 mark of the third period.  Colorado would then the tie the game again on a goal from Vladislav Namestnikov.  It would set the stage for a thriller.

Kiviranta had a magical night, and a hat trick would conclude it.  He was able to pocket the game-winning goal at the 7:24 mark in overtime, sending Dallas to the next round.  This was certainly an impressive performance from a player appearing in only his third postseason contest.

PICK: I feel comfortable taking Vegas on the money line at 1.58.  It will be a close game that tests the depth of both teams.  It should be a great want to watch.


Headline Photo Credit:  The Dallas Morning News

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