Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights - 8/3/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Dallas Stars (37-24-8) at Vegas Golden Knights (39-24-8)
NHL Hockey: Monday, August 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -130 / Dallas Stars +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in a round-robin matchup in NHL action from Rogers Place on Monday night.
The Dallas Stars come into this one as the #4 seed in the Western Conference with 82 points and a record of 37-224-8 with a point percentage of .594 this season. Tyler Seguin led the Stars with 50 points on the year, including a team leading 33 assists while Jamie Benn and Roope Hintz each had 19 goals and Denis Gurianov led Dallas with 20 goals in the regular season. John Klingberg leads Dallas with 17 power play points this season. Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin split the goaltending duties with Bishop posting a record of 21-16-4 with a 2.50 GAA and .920 save percentage while Khudobin has a 16-8-4 record with a 2.22 GAA and .930 save percentage this season.
The Vegas Golden Knights come into the playoffs as the #3 seed in the West with 86 points and a record of 39-24-8 with a .606 point percentage this season. Max Pacioretty led Vegas with 66 points with a team-high 32 goals while also owning a team-high 19 power play points and 8 power play goals. Mark Stone had 63 points with a team-high 42 assists and 17 power play points. Marc-Andre Fleury saw the bulk of the workload in goal for Vegas, boasting a 27-16-5 record and a 2.77 GAA with a .905 save percentage.
Dallas is 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games and 0-6 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games against the Pacific division. Vegas is 11-2 in their last 13 games overall and 8-0 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. Vegas is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Dallas was free-falling into the break while Vegas was hot as can be, but this is the postseason and really anything can happen. With that said, these are still two of the stronger defensive teams in the NHL and I think goals could be at a premium in this one with the strong goaltending on both sides. I’ll side with the under as my free pick for this game but my stronger play is on the side and you can find that as a premium pick which is available here.