Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights NHL Pick – December 8

The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout Wednesday night. Four games are up on the board throughout December 8. One of these matchups will be between the Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights. These two teams have been strong early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.

Dallas has earned a record of 13-7-2 to start out this season, which has them in third place of the Central division. The Stars have won seven games in a row and will look to stay hot in this matchup. Dallas has picked up their play big time and will look to remain hot. I expect the Stars to come out quickly on the road in this one.

The Golden Knights have put up a record of 14-10-0 to open up the season, which has them in fourth place of the Pacific division. Vegas has won their last two games and will look to build on it. The Golden Knights will look to grab a big win on Wednesday night. Vegas will look to grab a much needed two points at home in this one.

These two teams have been strong to open up this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Stars have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL as of late. Vegas has picked up their play as well recently. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Dallas Stars +1 ½ (-205) +128 Over 5 ½ (-115)
Vegas Golden Knights -1 ½ (+175) -141 Under 5 ½ (+104)

 

Team Data Dallas Stars Vegas Golden Knights
Overall Record 13-7-2 14-10-0
Away/ Home Record 4-5-1 8-5-0
Goals Per Game 2.86 3.33
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.30 3.15
Save Percentage .912 .907
Save Percentage Away/ Home .891 .909

Betting Trends

Dallas Stars

  • 2-0 in December
  • 6-0 after division game
  • 5-1 after a win by two goals or more
  • 4-2 after scoring four goals or more
  • 8-2 against team with winning record

Vegas Golden Knights

  • 2-1 in December
  • 0-2 when playing on two days rest
  • 2-6 after a division game
  • 4-6 against team with winning record

These two teams met up once on October 27 in Dallas. Luke Glendening and Alexander Radulov both scored, but it was not enough for the Stars. Shea Theodore and Jonathan Marchessault both had goals in this one. Evgenii Dadonov scored the overtime winner. Laurent Brossoit had 32 saves on 34 shots in the 3-2 win for Vegas.

Special Teams

The Stars have been great on special teams to open up the season. Dallas has scored on 16 of their 61 power play opportunities, which is a 26.2 percent success rate. The Stars have killed off 55 of the 68 penalties against them, which is an 80.9 percent penalty kill. Dallas is 4th on the power play and 16th on the kill this season.

Vegas has struggled on the power play, but have a good penalty kill in this one. The Golden Knights have capitalized on 8 of their 56 power play chances, which is a 14.3 percent power play. Vegas has given up 11 goals on their opponents 68 power play attempts, which is an 83.8 percent kill rate. The Golden Knights are 28th on the man advantage and 10th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been solid on special teams early in the season. Dallas has the better power play, but the Golden Knights have the better penalty kill. Vegas will look to step up on the power play early in this one. If either team can grab a power play goal or two, it could be enough to give them the edge on Wednesday night.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Braden Holtby to get the start in the crease for Dallas in this one. Holtby has started in 11 games this season, going 5-4-1 in those matchups. He has posted a .928 save percentage and a GAA of 2.18 in those outings. Holtby’s last start was against the Arizona Coyotes. He stopped 18 of 19 shots in route to the win.

Robin Lehner will likely get the nod in net for the Golden Knights on Wednesday night. Lehner has earned a record of 10-9-0 throughout his 19 starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .910 and a 3.02 GAA in those games. Lehner finished with 23 saves on 25 shots against the Calgary Flames, which was enough for the win.

These two goalies will look to grab a big win in this one. Both goalies have been strong early in the season. Holtby has had the better start to this season after a rough season with Vancouver last season. If either goalie can come out quickly in this matchup, it could be enough to lead their team to the win in this one.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. Dallas has been one of the hottest teams in the NHL early in the season and will look to keep it going. Vegas was able to knock off the Stars earlier in the season and will look to pick it up again in this one. I like the Golden Knights to end this win streak with a win.

BetOnline has Vegas listed as a -141 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Golden Knights will win this game around 58.5 percent of the time. I agree with this line as Vegas is at home in this matchup. I think that the Golden Knights still have value as favorites in this one. With Dallas coming in on a long winning streak, I think Vegas will earn a win on Wednesday.

The Bet
Vegas Golden Knights
-141
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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