The Vegas Golden Knights land in Dallas to play the tail-end of their back-to-back against the Stars. They left St. Louis empty handed with no points after a 4-2 loss. It was a competitive matchup for a couple of periods. In fact, the Golden Knights had a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission. It was all Blues following the 1st period, as the Blues came out and scored three unanswered goals to notch 2 points on Thursday night.
The Golden Knights don’t get the day off to think about the loss. They’ll be in Texas for a tough matchup against a good Stars team. Despite Jim Montgomery getting fired prior to their most recent game, the Stars were able to avoid the drama and play their game. The Stars looked the same, as they won a prototypical Stars game with a 2-0 win over the Devils.
Maybe against a better team that doesn’t happen. The Devils have been a mess this season and the Stars were able to cruise past them behind a strong performance by Ben Bishop. Dallas advanced to 18-11-3 with 39 points on the season. They’re continue to rewrite a slow start in 2019-20 and are now looking like the team that everyone believed they’d be.
People were calling for Montgomery’s head then, but the front office stuck with him. As soon as things were picking up and the Stars were hot, Montgomery was canned for unprofessional conduct. Nobody is aware of what the unprofessional conduct is, so I can’t elaborate on that. Rick Bowness is a good fit for the Stars, though. Bowness is a defensive-minded coach who stresses pressure in the defensive zone, which is what the Stars are best at doing. So, expect nothing to change in that regard.
The Golden Knights are going to need something to change from last night. It wasn’t the best outing Marc-Andre Fleury has had, as he followed up from a stellar performance at home with a dud in St. Louis. Fleury will get the night off, as backup Malcolm Subban is expected to get the nod on a back-to-back. There isn’t much room for error against Bishop and the Stars’ defence, so a better goaltending night is needed. Head below for our free Golden Knights vs. Stars pick.
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Ben Bishop was a candidate for the Vezina last season, but the award ultimately went to Andrei Vasilevskiy. Robin Lehner and Bishop probably deserved it more than Vasilevskiy, but Bishop has a real good chance to win it this season. He enters Friday with night a lights out GAA of 2.03 and 0.934 save percentage. If he continues at this pace, which I believe he will for the most part, Bishop will be a solid choice for the Vezina. Tristan Jarry and Darcy Kuemper are both early season candidates as well.
Bishop wishes he could play every game at home in Dallas, because he’s been untouchable at American Airlines Center. Bishop owns a 1.65 GAA and 0.947 save percentage at home. In 14 games in Dallas, Bishop has allowed more than 2 goals only once. He should benefit from playing a Golden Knights team who are likely going to be tired on a back-to-back. Bishop doesn’t need any additional assistance, but he gets a break against the Knights. This is a team that he’s had tremendous success against as well. Bishop has been strong with a 1.94 GAA and 0.943 save percentage against Vegas in six games.
The Golden Knights have been mediocre on the road this season, having posted a record of 8-7-2 going into Friday. Their goal scoring has been down on the road with 2.65 goals scored per game. Generating little offence in Dallas is an easy way to find a loss by the end of the night. The Stars haven’t been affording their opponents many opportunities to get their offence going. In their previous ten games, they’ve allowed just 2.2 goals per game. Dallas are 1st in the league with 2.31 goals against. Montgomery may have gotten a pink slip, but don’t expect the defence to drop off at all under Bowness. He’s a coach that loves to stress defence and will likely continue to get it out of his squad.
Malcolm Subban is expected to get the nod in the crease for the Golden Knights tonight. It’s highly unlikely Fleury gets work on back-to-back nights. Subban owns a 3.04 GAA and 0.901 save percentage, which is respectable for a backup netminder. In any case, the Stars have to be feeling glad that Gerard Gallant went with Fleury in St. Louis last night. It’s a tall order for the Golden Knights in this one. One of the most physical teams in the league isn’t who you want to see on a back-to-back. The Stars should probably be a bit more expensive here than what we’re being offered.