The Dallas Stars travel to Vegas for a business trip with the Golden Knights. No, Tyler Seguin, this isn’t a trip to go out and party. The Stars were probably having fun on Monday night, but they have to focus on the Golden Knights at the T-Mobile Arena tonight. It seems like there has been a bunch of teams falling victim to the “Vegas flu” against the Golden Knights. Teams are coming into town and treating it like a time to have fun.
That happens in every city, trust me, but I think the problem is that players are having a tough time associating Vegas and hockey. In other words, every timey they’ve gone to Las Vegas in the past was to have fun, celebrate, the NHL Awards, so forth. Now, they go to Vegas and can’t associate it with just another game they’re playing. This will change as players get used to going there to play hockey, but for the moment, the Golden Knights are taking advantage of the best home ice advantage in the NHL.
The Knights have gone 9-1-0 at home. The only team to beat them at T-Mobile Arena has been the Detroit Red Wings. That was all the back on October 13th. They’ve won six games in a row in Vegas since then. Overall, the Golden Knights are 15-6-0 on the year. They’ve gone 5-0-0 in their last five contests.
That puts them at 1st in the Pacific Division. It may not last, but they haven’t hit a wall like so many people are waiting for. I say wait for January and we’ll see how they are doing. They are going to eventually go on a slide, every team has them. I think it’ll happen in the new year, they’ve expelled a ton of energy over the last couple of months. That should catch up to them later in the season.
Marc-Andre Fleury is slowly working his way back on to the ice, but still needs some more time to get back with his teammates. It’s been quite the learning experience for the young Maxime Lagace. Malcolm Subban recently came back, as he picked up a start against the Arizona Coyotes. Subban played well, as he led the Golden Knights to a 4-2 victory on Saturday. I would expect the Golden Knights to go with Subban in net again tonight. Ben Bishop will likely get the nod for the Stars in net. Head below for our free Stars vs. Golden Knights pick.
Dallas Stars vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick
The Stars have been up and down this season with a record of 12-10-1. They haven’t exactly been flourishing but pack plenty of offensive playmakers. Tyler Seguin is leading the way for the Stars with 12 goals and 11 assists. Alexander Radulov has been a tremendous addition to the Stars, who has helped take the pressure off Seguin and Jamie Benn. Seguin, Radulov, and Benn are all leading the Stars in total points. Offensively they have been fine with 2.91 goals per game, as well as 3.10 goals per game in their last ten games. They’ve also allowed 3 per game during that same stretch, where they’ve won five and lost five.
Vegas have been scoring at an elite level all season long. It’s been quite the show put on by them, and they haven’t been letting up at all. The chemistry they’ve found so quickly as a team is, needless to say, impressive. Overall on the year, the Golden Knights are 2nd in the NHL with 3.68 goals scored per game. In their last ten games, they have turned the red light on an average of 3.9 times per game. The Golden Knights have scored at least 4 goals in six of their last seven games. Further, at home in Vegas, they have scored 4.4 goals per game.
Defence and goaltending has definitely been an issue, but with Subban back, maybe they start to get a groove in the defensive zone. Subban has been perfect thus far, with a 4-0-0 record and 1.87 GAA. Note that he owned a 2.41 GAA with the AHL Bruins in 2016-17, and a 5.88 GAA in one start as a Boston Bruin. Four outings is not a large enough sample size for Subban. I expect regression to the mean to kick in for him, which may very well happen against a talented Dallas offence tonight. There’s been an average of 7 goals scored per game in Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena. Fans have been getting an entertaining product. Only two games have seen less than 6 goals. I’d take a look at the OVER in Las Vegas tonight between the Stars and Golden Knights.
PICK: OVER 6 (-110)