The NHL is set up with a total of six games on the board for Friday night. One of the top games on the board for March 15 will be between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Dallas Stars. Both of these teams are competing for a playoff spot, which should help make the game really competitive. This game is set to start at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Golden Knights have jumped out to a 38-27-5 record, which has them sitting in third place of the Pacific Division. Vegas had a slower start to the season, but have had some strong streaks throughout this season to help them jump into a playoff spot. The Golden Knights lost their last game, which ended a six-game winning streak. Vegas will look to earn a tough road win against the Stars on Thursday night.
Dallas has put up a record of 37-28-5, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Central Division. The Stars are currently sitting in the top wild-card spot. Dallas won their last two games and six of their last seven matchups. The Stars are looking to try and create some distance in the standings, which means they could really use a victory against Vegas at home.
Friday night’s matchup between the Golden Knights and the Stars will be the third and final game of the season series. Vegas and Dallas have both put up strong performances to this point in the season, which should help lead to a good game on Friday night. With both teams looking for a big win, I believe this is one of the best games to watch on March 15.
The first game of this season’s series between the Golden Knights and the Stars was hosted by Vegas on December 9. Esa Lindell scored a goal and an assist, while Miro Heiskanen earned two assists. Colin Miller had two assists. Ryan Carpenter, William Karlsson, Alex Tuch, and Reilly Smith all scored a goal for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 of 24 shots to help give Vegas a 4-2 win at home.
The Golden Knights also hosted the second game of the season series on February 26. Roope Hintz opened up the scoring in the first period for Dallas. Vegas dominated the game after this as Max Pacioretty scored twice, Nate Schmidt put up a goal and an assist and Paul Stastny earned two assists. Ben Bishop had 44 saves on 46 shots, while Marc-Andre Fleury had 23 saves. The Golden Knights were able to pull off a 4-1 win at home again.
Vegas was able to take the first two games of the season series this season. The Golden Knights won two of three games last season as well. The Stars have struggled against Vegas and they will look to turn it around with a big win in front of their home crowd. Dallas has been doing well as of late and they will look to ride that momentum to a victory on Friday night.
The Golden Knights power play has been struggling this season. Vegas has put up 17.2 percent on their power play chances to this point in the season. The Golden Knights penalty kill has been doing much better, stopping their opponents around 81.8 percent of the time. Vegas will look to have their power play step up as they near the playoffs.
Dallas has been putting up the power play percentage close to the league average. The Stars power play has scored around 19.8 percent of the time. Dallas’ penalty kill has also been doing really well to this point in the season. The Stars have killed off around 82.7 percent of opposing teams power-play chances this season.
Both of these two teams have not been doing spectacularly on the power play this season. Both teams have been above average on the penalty kill. The Stars have been doing slightly better on both sides of special teams this season. Dallas will look to try use this to their advantage on Friday night. Special teams will likely play a pivotal role in Friday night’s matchup.
I believe that Marc-Andre Fleury will likely get the start in net for Friday night. Fleury has put up a record of 34-19-5 to this point in the season. In those games, he has a save percentage of .912 and a 2.48 GAA. Fleury has once again played a big role in the Golden Knights success this season. Vegas will need him to play well on Friday night.
Anton Khudobin will likely start for the Stars on Friday night. Khudobin has put up a record of 14-14-3 so far this season. He has earned a save percentage of .924 and a GAA of 2.57 this season. Khudobin will likely play a little bit as Ben Bishop was injured in their last game against the Minnesota Wild. Khudobin will need to play big if the Stars want to keep up in the playoff race.
Both of these goalies have been doing really well this season. Khudobin has played slightly better but does not have as many games played or as good of a record. The Stars will need him to put up strong numbers if they want to knock off Vegas this season. Fleury will look to shut down Dallas again to sweep the season series.
Both the Golden Knights and the Stars have been doing well as of late and they will look to keep it up with another win on Friday night. Vegas has gone up 2-0 in the season series, but I believe that the Stars will avoid getting swept. Dallas has the better special teams this season and Khudobin’s stats have been slightly better this season. The Stars will look for these edges to help them get the win on Friday night.
BetOnline has the Golden Knights listed as a -128 against the money line. This implies that Vegas will win this game around 56 percent of the time. The Golden Knights are on the road, which makes me believe that Dallas should be favored. The Stars played on Thursday night, but I believe that they still have a lot of value. I am taking Dallas as a home underdog.