The Golden Knights have uncharacteristically struggled in the early going but are coming off of a win as they prepare to meet the Stars in Dallas on Wednesday night. Let’s analyze this matchup and keep cashing our NHL picks!
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – 08:30 PM EDT at American Airlines Center
Vegas was installed as the second choice, trailing only Colorado, to win the Stanley Cup this season but so far, so…meh. After defeating the expansion entry Seattle Kraken, 4-3, in their season debut, the Knights went on to drop four straight. However, they ended that losing skein on Tuesday with a solid 3-1 victory over the Avalanche.
Chandler Stephenson struck gold against the Avs exactly two minutes into the game with assists from Brayden McNabb and Daniil Miromanov, putting Vegas ahead 1-0 in hostile territory. But it was only seven minutes later that Reilly Smith would light the lamp with a shorthanded tally to move the Knights ahead 2-0.
Colorado would cut the lead in half during the second period but Evgenii Dadonov added an empty-netter in the final stanza that iced a much-needed win for the struggling Knights. Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner turned aside 26 of 27 shots in the victory.
“We needed a win,” Vegas coach Pete DeBoer said. “We committed to defending hard and you need to against that team. We got some timely saves and a couple of big goals. Good formula for us.”
Stars Not Quite Shining
Dallas checks in with a 3-3 record on the season but dropped their last contest on Monday night, 4-1, to the Blue Jackets in Columbus.
It wasn’t a surprise that the Stars would be a bit winded entering this matchup after winning consecutive games by shootout and overtime. Tyler Seguin was the only Dallas player to light the lamp and he did it late in the third period when the game was out of reach.
Stars coach, Rick Bowness, said after the game, “Until we decide to put our best game forward, which means preparation and playing with some passion and some competitiveness, then this is what it’s going to look like. You can tell the passion and the competitiveness just weren’t there. The big gaps between our forwards and our defense, and when that happens you are playing slow and you’re usually getting outworked.”
But the numbers don’t bear out Bowness’ contention that his team was outworked. Dallas had a 32 to 26 shots on goal advantage while outhitting the Jackets 22 to 13. It was simply a case of the puck bouncing the right way and the Stars being unable to follow through on their opportunities. Dallas goalie Braden Holtby was merely serviceable in this one which didn’t help the cause either.
Wanna Make a Bet?
The NHL odds at all of the best online sportsbooks are showing the Stars as high as -150 favorites over the Knights. There are a few reasons for the line being so high and one of them has to do with Vegas playing the second leg of back-to-back games tonight after they defeated the Avalanche in Colorado yesterday.
The other is that the Knights have been hampered by injuries and those absences have been reflected in their record. But Vegas still has plenty of offensive firepower at their disposal but it hasn’t coalesced just yet.
This would be an ideal opportunity for the Knights to get a little payback on the Stars after they defeated them 4-1 in the Western Conference Semi-Finals in September of 2020.
We should also note that bettors will be considering that Vegas will likely start their backup goaltender, Laurent Brossoit, who is likely to suit up after Robin Lehner has made every start thus far, including in last night’s win over the Avs.
Brossoit has been around the league a while but hasn’t really gotten a shot at being the main man between the pipes. However, he is an excellent backup and should be fine against a relatively impotent Dallas offense that has scored an overage of just 1.83 goals-against average.
Let’s grab the generous price with the visiting Knights and cash a ticket.
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