2021-10-28
Vegas Golden Knights
Dallas Stars
League : NHL

Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Vegas Golden Knights will travel to American Airlines Arena on Wednesday night to take on the Dallas Stars in an intra-division matchup. The Golden Knights are currently last in the Pacific Division (1-4-0, two points) and will be on the second-half of a back-to-back as they are in Colorado to take on the Avalanche on Tuesday night. The Stars are third in the Central Division (3-3-0, six points) and are coming off a 4-1 road loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.

 

Gotta Be Golden

The Vegas Golden Knights have been solid in the early stages of this season and one of the reasons is the play of center Chandler Stephenson, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. There are five players listed on the injury report so the Golden Knights are trying to figure out how to get some cohesion on their lines. He is leading the team in points and goals as he has four points (two goals, two assists) this season. In the last game against the New York Islanders, he did not have any points on two shots in 19:59 on the ice. Stephenson has shown the ability to be a solid player and it’ll be time to see if Vegas can figure out how to battle against another struggling franchise.

 

Laurent Brossoit is expected to get his first start inside of the net this season but he has been struggling a bit. In his last game against the Los Angeles Kings, he allowed two goals on 16 shots in one full period. Vegas has allowed 19 goals this season, which is 19th in the league. They have been average against opposing power plays as they have killed 10-of-13 (73.92 percent) of them so far this season. The Stars are a bottom-six offense so this will be a chance for the Golden Knights to battle against tough competition.

 

A Star is Born

The Dallas Stars are a decent team this season and one of the reasons is the play of defenseman Miro Heiskanen, who played well. They are dealing with a couple of injuries already as Ben Bishop and Blake Comeayu are currently still on Injured Reserve and Jason Robertson is officially listed as doubtful. Heiskanen is leading the team in goals, assists, and points as he has six points (two goals, four assists) this season. In his previous game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, he finished without any points on four shots on goal in 22:54 on the ice. If he can continue to be a threat on the ice, it will do wonders for the Stars here.

 

 

Braden Holtby is expected to be the starting goalie for the Dallas Stars in this game. So far this season he is 2-2-0 with 2.04 goals allowed per game and a 93.9 save percentage. In his last game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, he allowed three goals on 25 shots in a losing effort. The Stars allowed 15 goals this season, which is 12th fewest in the league. The defense has been a tad above league-average when it was shortened in power plays as they allowed three goals on 20 attempts (85 kill percentage). Vegas has been terrible at putting the puck in the net so this could be a defensive showing for Dallas.







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