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Stars Align: No. 1 Seed Dallas Banking on Home Ice to Derail Golden Knights

The Las Vegas Golden Knights open the playoffs on the road against the Dallas Stars in a best-of-seven series beginning on Monday night. Although the Golden Knights are the defending champions, they enter this matchup as the underdog from NHL odds after finishing as the second Wild Card team in the West. Dallas, meanwhile, earned the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference after closing out the season strong, winning 12 of its final 14 games.

 

Stars Align: No. 1 Seed Dallas Banking on Home Ice to Derail Golden Knights
Stars Align: No. 1 Seed Dallas Banking on Home Ice to Derail Golden Knights

The Stars lost all three regular-season matchups to the Golden Knights, but the teams have not played since Dec. 9

Golden Knights vs Stars Game Information

  • Game: Golden Knights (45-29-8) vs. Stars (52-21-9)
  • Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
  • Day/Time: Monday, April 22, 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Golden Knights vs Stars Live Stream: NHL.com

 

Golden Knights vs Stars Odds and Spreads

 

  • Stars are 5-0 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Stars are 14-2 in their last 16 vs. Pacific.
  • Golden Knights are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
  • Golden Knights are 2-10 in their last 12 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Through 47 games with moneyline odds lower than -137 this season, the Stars have been victorious 35 times.

 

Home-Ice Advantage Huge for Stars

The Stars will begin the NHL postseason series at home, where they were tough to beat this season with a 26-11-4 record.

Dallas won 17 of its last 21 games of the season to earn the top seed in the Western Conference, and nine of those wins came on home ice.

“We’ve played our best hockey here down the stretch,” Stars coach PeteDeBoer said.

The Stars’ defense at home was especially strong to end the season, holding opponents to 1.4 goals a game in their final five home games, including a shutout. Dallas’ offense remained strong as well, as it scored at least three goals in six of its final eight home games to help it secure first place in the West.

The Stars ended the season averaging 3.71 goals a game at home, and they’ll look to keep up that high-powered offense as they try to get the first round off to a hot start.

 

Depth Boosts Stars With Record Eight 20-Goal Scorers

The Stars’ offense was also helped by the amount of depth they had on the team. Although the Golden Knights will be aided by the return of captain Mark Stone to the lineup, Dallas has been able to rely on a number of different scorers to get it through the season.

The Stars set a franchise record this season by having an NHL-high eight 20-goal scorers, led by centers Wyatt Johntson and Roope Hintz, who scored 32 and 30 each. Dallas also had nine players score at least 50 points this season, led by forward Jason Robertson (80) and its ability to find scoring from multiple players and multiple lines should help its offense remain a threat in this series.

Expect Dallas to Stay Hot at Home

The Golden Knights will be looking to defend their Stanley Cup title, but after their struggles on the road this season, going 18-17-6, the Stars are the good NHL pick to get the series-opening win at -140 odds.

Dallas had a strong finish to the regular season and it will want to avenge its regular-season losses to Vegas after failing to beat the Knights this season. Expected starter Jake Oettinger also closed out the season well for the Stars, holding teams to two goals or less in 10 of his final 11 games, and he should help keep the Knights out of the net as well.

Back the Stars as the favorite on the moneyline to get a solid win at home and start the series strong.

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Questions of the Day

What is the Stars’ record at home?


Dallas went 26-11-4 at home this season.

Who leads Vegas in scoring?


Jonathan Marchessault led the Knights with 69 points and 42 goals this season.

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