Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one, breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s featured game is the Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights. Keep checking our NHL predictions throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Dallas Stars vs Vegas Golden Knights
Series: Stars 0-1 Golden Knights
It’s our only game and an early one in our NHL predictions. Dallas will look to even the series in Las Vegas after an overtime loss. Roope Hintz recorded three points while Jason Robertson and Joe Pavelski also got multiple-point nights. Jake Oettinger will likely get the start again and made 33 saves in Game 1. However, always check social media before locking in a daily fantasy starter. The Stars only took one penalty in a relatively clean game. Dallas will have to be more careful with the lead if they want to even up the series. However, the Stars are 5-0 after losses this post-season.
Adin Hill will likely get the call once again in goal for the Golden Knights. Hill has been solid since taking over for the injured Laurent Brossoit in the second round. Brett Howden scored the overtime-winner in goal for the Golden Knights in Game 1. William Karlsson scored twice for Vegas and Zach Whitecloud handed out two assists. The Golden Knights have really helped out their goalies by playing smart defence. Having a strong defensive forward like Mark Stone does help a team in the middle of the ice.
Vegas has been strong at home, but Dallas has shown the ability to bounce back. However, the Knights get the job done and take a 2-0 series lead.
Prediction: Golden Knights win 4-2.
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