As the NHL playoffs approach, fans and analysts alike are speculating on which teams will emerge victorious in the intense competition. One of the most anticipated matchups this weekend is between the Dallas Stars and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
The Dallas Stars and Las Vegas Knights have both had good seasons and have their eyes on Sir Stanley’s cup. Las Vegas is 49-22-8 with 106 points while Dallas is 43-21-14 and 100 points.
So, who will come out on top in this matchup? It’s a tough call, but my prediction is that the Dallas Stars will ultimately prevail. While the Stars have a strong defense, that will be able to contain the high-powered offense of the Golden Knights. The Stars have a way of generating offense of their own that should help lead them to victory.
Goals per game: The Golden Knights have scored an average of 3.28 goals per game this season, compared to the Stars 3.41 goals per game. This suggests that both teams are evenly matched.
Shooting Percentage: The Golden Knights are 13th in the league at 10.31% while the Stars sit at 10.72% which is good for 7th in the league.
Power play percentage: The Golden Knights have a power play percentage of 20.5%, which is slightly lower than the Stars’ power play percentage of 24.6%. This could give the Dallas Stars an advantage in capitalizing on their scoring opportunities when they have a man advantage.
Penalty Kill: The Golden Knights have a penalty kill percentage of 76.5%, while the Dallas Stars have a penalty kill percentage of 83.3%. This shows that the Stars are better at defending against power play opportunities.
Shot attempts: The Golden Knights have attempted an average of 31.8 shot attempts per game while the Dallas Stars are attempting an average of 32 shot attempts per game. A very slight advantage to the Stars for getting pucks on net.
I think the Stars at home with the metrics favoring them are a bargain at -135. I would take the Stars up to -160, so at -135 they are a good deal. They have the advantage of a better offense, a better defense, and are at home.
The Pick: Dallas Stars ML (-135) 1.35 units to win 1 unit