The NHL Conference Finals are underway as Game 2 between the Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights takes place on September 8. These two teams played a tightly contested Game 1, which should lead to a solid matchup on Tuesday night. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time on NBCSN.
Dallas had put up a record of 37-24-8 throughout the regular season. The Stars then struggled a bit going 1-2 throughout the round robin to secure the third seed in the Western Conference. Dallas knocked off the Calgary Flames and the Colorado Avalanche to reach the Conference Finals. Now the Stars will look to take a 2-0 series lead with a win in Game 2.
The Golden Knights finished out the regular season with a record of 39-24-8. Vegas went undefeated throughout the round robin, which earned them the top spot in the West. The Golden Knights eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks to reach the Western Conference Finals. Now Vegas will look to tie up this series with a big win on Tuesday night.
These two teams have made it this far into the postseason, which should lead to a strong matchup on Tuesday night. The Golden Knights took a tough loss in Game 1 of this series, which they will look to bounce back from in this one. Dallas got back to more of their defensive style, so look for them to keep up this pace as the series goes along.
These two teams met up twice in the regular season. The first game was on November 25 in Dallas. Shea Theodore and Paul Stastny both scored for Vegas, but it was not enough. John Klingberg earned three assists, while Alexander Radulov had two goals and an assist. Ben Bishop stopped 26 of 28 shots against him as the Stars won 4-2.
The second game of the season series was in Dallas again on December 13. Jamie Benn and Taylor Fedun both scored for the Stars, but this time Dallas fell short. Max Pacioretty scored a goal and an assist, while Mark Stone and Shea Theodore both earned two assists. Malcolm Subban had 28 saves on 30 shots to help the Golden Knights win 3-2.
These two teams met up during the round robin on August 3. Miro Heiskanen finished with three assists for the Stars. William Karlsson, Nate Schmidt and Mark Stone all earned a goal and an assist as the Golden Knights erased a 3-1 deficit. Robin Lehner stopped 24 of 27 shots as the Golden Knights won 5-3 for their second win of the round robin.
The first game of the Western Conference Finals was on September 6. John Klingberg scored a goal from Jamie Benn and Radek Faksa less than three minutes in, which proved to be the game winner. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 of the 25 shots against him, which was not enough. Anton Khudobin earned a 25 shot shutout as the Stars won 1-0 to take Game 1.
Dallas had a strong special teams during the regular season. The Stars scored on 21.1 percent of their power play attempts during the regular season. Dallas killed off 79.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. In the playoffs, the Stars have earned a 27.3 percent power play rate and an 83.3 percent kill rate.
The Golden Knights put up a solid special teams’ unit throughout the postseason. Vegas capitalized on 22 percent of their power play chances, while killing off 76.6 percent of the penalties against them. The Golden Knights have scored on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities in the playoffs, while earning an 88.2 percent penalty kill percentage.
In Game 1 of this playoff series Dallas went 0-2 on the power play, while the Golden Knights went 0-4. The Stars have been the better team on special teams throughout the playoffs, earning an impressive 27.3 percent power play rate. Vegas has earned a really strong penalty kill rate this playoff run, but have struggled on the man advantage. If either team can dominate special teams, it will give them a big edge in this series.
Anton Khudobin will get the start in net once again for the Stars on Tuesday night. Khudobin earned a record of 16-8-4 throughout the regular season. He finished with a save percentage of .930 and a GAA of 2.22. Khudobin has been doing well in this playoff run, putting up a .914 save percentage and a 2.74 GAA. Khudobin earned a shutout in the last game, which he will look to build off of.
Robin Lehner will likely get the nod in the crease for the Golden Knights in Game 2 of the series. Lehner earned a record of 19-10-5 throughout the playoffs. He posted a save percentage of .920 and a 2.89 GAA. Lehner has stepped up throughout this playoff run as well. He has put up a .918 save percentage and a GAA of 2.27.
These two goalies have played extremely well throughout the playoffs. Khudobin has done a great job stepping up with Ben Bishop out. The Golden Knights went with Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 1, who played extremely well. I expect them to go back to Lehner in this one though as they try and tie up the series.
These two teams have made impressive runs to the Western Conference Finals, which should lead to a great series. Vegas could not break through in Game 1, but I expect them to come out quick in Game 2 to score a goal. I expect the Golden Knights to bounce back with their opportunities to tie up this series with a dominant win.
BetOnline has Vegas listed as a -155 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Golden Knights will win this game around 60.8 percent of the time. I think Vegas will bounce back, but this line does not have much value. The Golden Knights are also listed at -1 ½ at +164, which I believe has a lot of value. Vegas does a great job at controlling the shots, which could lead to a dominant win if they can break through on Khudobin early.