Stars vs. Golden Knights Game 2 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Sep 07, 2020

golden knights vs stars game 2

It looked like both teams were feeling the effects of Game 7 wins two days earlier, in the Stars 1-0 win over the Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Western Conference final on Sunday.

Dallas
37-24-5-3
AT
September 08, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Vegas
39-24-6-2
Puckline +1.5 -189
Moneyline +141
Over / Under o +5.5

34%

Betting Action

66%

Puckline -1.5 +157
Moneyline -169
Over / Under u +5.5

34%

Betting Action

66%

The Golden Knights come into Game 2 as -155 favourites on the NHL odds while the Stars are at +130. The total is set at 5.5 with identical -110 odds for the Over and Under. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. ET from Rogers Place in the Edmonton bubble.

Stars vs. Golden Knights NHL Playoff Odds

The question for Game 2 regarding the Golden Knights is if the lack of scoring on Sunday was a blip on the radar or signs of a serious issue. Vegas has only scored four goals in the past four games and two of them were empty netters. This trend has put the under at 4-0 in those games, while the Golden Knights also come into Game 2 with an 0-4 record in their last four games playing on one day rest.

The Stars are now 2-6 in their last eight games versus the Golden Knights, but boast a perfect record of 6-0 when their opponents allow two or less goals the previous game. The favourite is also 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these teams.

In NHL history the winner of Game 1 in a best-of-7 has gone on to win the series 68.8 per cent of the time (488-221). The winner of Game 1 through the first two rounds of this years playoffs is 10-2.

Dallas Stars

After a third period that saw the Stars outshot 13-2, 34-year-old Anton Khudobin picked up his first career playoff shutout with 25 saves. The Dallas defense tightened up in front of Khudobin after averaging 3.5 goals per game against them through the playoffs, entering Game 1.

John Klingberg scored on the Stars’ first shot on goal in the opening period and it stood as the game winner. While it was no doubt positive that Dallas was able to lock down defensively, managing a single goal will not cut it as the series progresses. The Stars will need to find a way to break through two of the best goalies in the league, in Lehner and Fleury, if they want to extend their series lead in Game 2.

Vegas Golden Knights

The concern for Vegas right now is scoring. In the last four games the only goal a forward has scored has been into an empty net. The Golden Knights need to take advantage of a Dallas team that is relying on a backup goalie. They can’t afford to go 0-4 on the power play again like they did in Game 1. Those are serious missed opportunities for a team looking to find its scoring touch again. On the positive side, after only managing 12 shots in the first two periods on Sunday, Vegas outshot the Stars 13-2 in the third period, running into a hot Anton Khudobin.

The Golden Knights have the luxury of two capable goalies and were able to start Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 1 to provide rest for Robin Lehner. After allowing a goal on the Stars’ first shot on net, Fleury settled in and finished with 24 saves. The story for Game 2 will most likely come down to the Golden Knights forwards putting the puck in the net. This is a big game for Vegas as they don’t want to be in an 0-2 hole at this stage of the playoffs.

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