Dallas Stars Odds
The Dallas Stars look to ride the momentum of an emotional Game 7 victory in their second-round series into the opener of their best-of-seven Western Conference finals versus the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday in Edmonton.
Joel Kiviranta became the seventh player in NHL history — and lone rookie among that group — to record a hat trick in a Game 7 after he scored in overtime of a 5-4 win over Colorado on Friday. Alexander Radulov, who tallied twice against the Avalanche in the clincher, posted four points (two goals, two assists) as the Stars posted a 1-0-1 mark in the regular season against the Golden Knights.
Defenseman Miro Heiskanen set up three goals in Dallas’ 5-3 setback to Vegas in a round-robin tilt on Aug. 3 and leads the team in both assists (16) and points (21) in the postseason.
Vegas Golden Knights Odds
The Vegas Golden Knights will try to continue their stingy ways on Sunday when they play Game 1 of their best-of-seven Western Conference finals versus the Dallas Stars in Edmonton.
Vegas became the first NHL team to reach the conference finals for the second time in its first three seasons of existence after Robin Lehner turned aside all 14 shots he faced in a 3-0 win over Vancouver in Game 7 on Friday. The shutout was the NHL record-tying third of the series for Lehner, who made 40 saves while with Chicago in a 2-1 shootout loss to Dallas on Nov. 23.
Defenseman Shea Theodore, who scored a goal on Friday, joined Max Pacioretty in recording one goal and two assists as the Golden Knights posted a 1-1-0 mark versus the Stars in the regular season.
Stars vs. Golden Knights Betting Pick for Game 1
Vegas surrendered just 54 shots on goal over its last three games, and that average of just 18 per contest makes life hard for opponents trying to mount any semblance of consistent offense. While Dallas is averaging 3.38 goals per game this postseason, that number will be put to the test against the stingy Golden Knights.
Stars vs. Golden Knights Betting Pick: Golden Knights (-175), Stars (+150)
Golden Knights 3, Stars 1
Stars vs. Golden Knights Best Bet for Game 1
Vegas’ Mark Stone collected three assists in two regular-season games against Dallas and scored and set up a goal in the teams’ round-robin tilt. Look for Stone to snap a modest two-game point drought and continue his offensive production in the series opener.
Stars vs. Golden Knights Best Bet for Game 1: Stone (+210) on scoring a goal for the Stars