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Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Vegas’ Robin Lehner carries a 131-minute, 44-second shutout streak into Game 3 of the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. Lehner registered his fourth shutout in his last seven starts after making 24 saves in the top-seeded Golden Knights’ series-leveling 3-0 win over Dallas on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old Swede is just 12:20 shy of matching the franchise postseason shutout record of Marc-Andre Fleury, which was set during the club’s inaugural season in 2018. Paul Stastny has collected a goal and an assist in two of his last three games after mustering just three points in his previous dozen.
Defenseman Shea Theodore set up William Karlsson’s power-play goal on Tuesday to boost his team-leading totals in assists (11) and points (17). Theodore, in fact, has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his last 11 games.
Dallas Stars Odds
The Stars need to ignite their high-octane offense — well, in the postseason — heading into Game 3 of the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. Dallas, which finished 26th in the regular season by averaging 2.58 goals per game, erupted for 42 in a 10-game stretch of the playoffs before netting just one in the first two contests of this series.
The Stars, in fact, mustered just 12 shots through the first two periods of Tuesday’s series-leveling 3-0 setback to the top-seeded Golden Knights. Five-time 30-goal scorer Tyler Seguin and former Hart Trophy recipient Corey Perry are mired in six-game point droughts.
Offensive-minded defenseman Miro Heiskanen has been held in check in this series after erupting for team-leading totals in assists (16) and points (21) in the club’s first 16 playoff games.
Golden Knights vs. Stars Game 3 Betting Pick
Vegas controlled the better of play in Game 2 due in large part to winning 61 percent of the faceoffs while accumulating six power-play opportunities. The Golden Knights have scored first in an NHL-best 10 playoff games in 2020, and they’ll do so again on Thursday to put the Stars on their heels.
Golden Knights vs. Stars Game 3 Betting Pick:
Stars (+150), Golden Knights (-177)
Golden Knights 3, Stars 1
Golden Knights vs. Stars Best Bet for Game 3
Defensive hockey is expected to be the name of the game in this series, with both clubs already clamping down on the back end to limit the number of high-quality scoring chances. Lehner is locked in while Dallas counterpart Anton Khudobin has turned aside 49 of 52 shots in this series.
Golden Knight vs. Stars Best Bet for Game 3: Under 5.5 total goals (-137) in Game 3.