Stars vs. Golden Knights Prediction: Stanley Cup Round-Robin Odds

Payton Matthews | Thu. Jul 30 2020, 10:07 am

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It’s the first “seeding” game for both teams with Vegas entering the round-robin format as the West’s No. 3 and Dallas as the No. 4.

Dallas
37-24-5-3
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August 03, 2020, 6:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Vegas
39-24-6-2
Puckline +1.5 -215
Moneyline +120
Over / Under o +5.5

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Betting Action

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Puckline -1.5 +179
Moneyline -155
Over / Under u +5.5

30%

Betting Action

70%

There’s one “playoff seeding” game from the Western Conference on a six-game NHL slate Monday, and it’s the Dallas Stars facing the Vegas Golden Knights at 6:30 p.m. ET from Edmonton. The Knights are -125 favourites on the NHL odds with the Stars at +105 and an over-under of 5.5 goals.

Stars vs. Golden Knights NHL Playoffs Odds

It’s the first “seeding” game for both teams with Vegas entering the round-robin format as the West’s No. 3 and Dallas as the No. 4. The Golden Knights play No. 1 St. Louis on Aug. 8 and No. 2 Colorado on Aug. 8, while the Stars play the Avalanche on Aug. 5 and Blues on Aug. 9, and then the top-four seeds in the West will be set for the standard 16-team playoff format.

Vegas is +252 to earn the West’s top seed and Dallas a +413 long shot. The teams split two early-season matchups, both in Dallas. The favorite is 4-1 in the past five meetings and the under 3-1-1 in those.

Dallas Stars

Dallas (82 points) was third in the Central Division when the league shut down, realistically had no chance to get higher and could have easily dropped as the Stars had lost six straight games. They are not a good offensive team at just 2.58 goals per game but excellent on defence in allowing 2.52 goals per game (second in NHL behind Boston). Coach Rick Bowness might have a decision to make in goal as while No. 1 Ben Bishop has been very good (21-16-4, 2.50 GAA, .920 SV), Anton Khudobin has been even better, ranking first in the league in SV at .930 and third in GAA at 2.22.

Bishop surely will get the call here but could have a short leash. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with just 50 points and no other player has more than 40. The lone 20-goal scorer on the team is Denis Gurianov, who has exactly 20. The Stars have lost six in a row vs. teams with a winning record.

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas (86 points) won the Pacific Division (for the second time in its three seasons) by three points over Edmonton and also had the best goal differential in the division, albeit only plus-16. Of course, the Knights reached the Stanley Cup Final as an expansion team in 2018 but were ousted in Round 1 of the playoffs last year. Vegas was a big loser with Edmonton as the West’s hub city because Las Vegas was long considered a front-runner to be the choice before the coronavirus spiked in Nevada. Like the Stars’ Bowness, Knights coach Peter DeBoer – like Bowness, an in-season replacement – could have a decision to make in net.

Marc-Andre Fleury is a future Hall of Famer who has won three Cups but he has been a bit inconsistent this year at 27-16-5 with a 2.77 GAA and .905. Robin Lehner was acquired at the trade deadline from Chicago and has won all three starts with the Knights, putting up a 1.67 GAA and .940 SV. “My plan is both will play through the round robin,” DeBoer said recently. Knights leading scorer Max Pacioretty (66 points) is not with the team in Edmonton as of this writing after suffering an undisclosed injury during training camp, and his status for the start of the round robin is in question. Vegas is 9-4 in its past 13 as a playoff favourite.

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