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The third-seeded Stars can punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2000 with a win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. The Dallas/Minnesota North Stars franchise sports an 11-1 record in best-of-seven series when it holds a 3-1 lead, a result that includes its recent second-round win over Colorado.
Captain Jamie Benn notched his team-high fourth point of this series after scoring a power-play goal late in the second period of Dallas’ 2-1 win in Game 4 on Saturday. Joe Pavelski scored for his club-best ninth goal of the postseason and 57th of his career in the playoffs, with only Hall of Famers Doug Gilmour (60) and Luc Robitaille (58) accumulating more by players drafted in the seventh round or later.
Anton Khudobin recorded his NHL-best eighth performance with at least 30 saves in the playoffs on Saturday when he turned aside 32 shots. The 34-year-old, who made 25 saves in a 1-0 shutout in the series opener, has yielded only six goals on 125 shots versus Vegas in the set for a .952 save percentage.
Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Vegas needs to cash in on its power-play opportunities, with the club going 1-for-5 in Game 4 — including failing to convert on a 5-on-3 during a 1:10 sequence late in the third period. The top-seeded Golden Knights are 3-for-19 on the power play in the series.
Defenseman Alec Martinez, who knows a thing or two about scoring important goals, netted his second of this postseason and his eighth of his playoff career on Saturday. Martinez clinched Los Angeles’ second Stanley Cup title in franchise history by scoring in double overtime in Game 5 versus the New York Rangers in 2014.
The Golden Knights have outshot the Stars by a 130-92 margin in the series, including 33-20 in Game 4. Jonathan Marchessault registered a club-high five shots on goal Saturday, but has just one point — an assist — in the series.
Stars at Golden Knights Betting Pick for Game 5
Dallas has proven itself to be resilient by posting an NHL-best five wins in the playoffs after surrendering the game’s first goal. The Stars, however, are playing with fire considering the decided deficit in terms of shots on goal.
The Golden Knights have also proven themselves to be resilient during their relatively short time in the league, and they’ll come through in the clutch on Monday to extend the series.
Stars at Golden Knights Betting Pick: Stars (+160), Golden Knights (+186)
Golden Knights 3, Stars 2
Stars at Golden Knights Best Bet for Game 5
Dallas’ game plan to keep the majority of Vegas’ shots from the perimeter has paid dividends thus far, with Khudobin routinely keeping the Golden Knights at bay.
The attention to detail on the defensive side is reason enough to take the under in this game.
Stars at Golden Knights Best Bet: UNDER 5.5 total goals (-143)