The Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights meet in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night.
With the Stars holding a 1-0 advantage in the series, Vegas now must dig deep to avoid a 2-0 hole.
Both teams have tremendous scoring ability and great goaltending, the latter of which was evident on Sunday.
Vegas looks to turn things around, in a Tuesday night contest that is sure to be tense and well-played. Who should you take in this game, and how should you spend your money? We have you covered at SPREADS.CA.
On Sunday in Game 1, it was a tale of the goaltenders as both net-minders played strong. Dallas' Anton Khudobin was the winner in this one, stopping all 25 shots he faced.
For the Stars, defenceman John Klingenberg scored on Dallas’ first shot of the game. That made it a 1-0 lead, and it looked as though Marc-Andre Fleury was in for a long night. Nevertheless, he regained his composure and stopped the next 24 shots he faced.
For a game with minimal scoring, there were a couple players that stood out on both sides. Jamie Benn recorded an assist on the goal from Klingenberg, while Blake Comeau led Dallas with seven hits in the game.
For Vegas, Max Pacioretty and Riley Smith each had three shots in this game, while William Carrier led the Golden Knights with six hits. Indeed, this was a game with all the makings of old-time hockey. Good defence was played on both sides, and the physicality in this game certainly set the tone of play.
Heading into game two, I would look for the superstars on both sides to leave their marks in this game. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are two players I would watch for on Tuesday. They bring the flashy scoring needed for Dallas and have been key cogs in the Dallas attack.
For Vegas, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, and Alex Tuch would be players to watch for in this game. They bring both a combination of grit and finesse that have defined this Vegas team since they came into the league.
The Golden Knights seem aware of the magnitude of tonight's game:
For this game, I feel comfortable taking Vegas on the money line at 1.60. After playing hard in Game One, I see Vegas being able to make it over the hump and give the Dallas Stars trouble in this game, which well even the series and make for a tough and competitive series the rest of the way.
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