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Dallas Stars vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick & Prediction SEP 14TH 2020

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5.5
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The Dallas Stars are in an unlikely spot, but they don't doubt they're deserving to be one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2000.

As the Stars ready to face the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday in Edmonton, it's with the opportunity to clinch the Western Conference final in five games. Dallas has been outshot and outplayed for most of the best-of-seven series so far, but thanks to timely goals and top-shelf goaltending from Anton Khudobin they lead the series 3-1.

"You can't play the shot clock," said Stars forward Joe Pavelski. "There is a big commitment in our locker room. Would we like better stretches at times? Absolutely. We understand where we're at, and we haven't done anything yet. We're one step closer, but nothing has been accomplished yet, so we'll just stay focused, try to play our best game of the series (in Game 5)."

Since the 1982 playoffs -- when the NHL adopted the conference format -- teams with a 3-1 lead in the conference finals have won 34 of 35 series. Teams leading 3-1 in any NHL best-of-seven series have won 91 percent of the time.

All of which leaves the Golden Knight in an uphill climb.

"There's no quitters in that locker room. I know we're going to battle till the end," vowed forward Jonathan Marchessault.

That said, the Golden Knights know all too well how a series can change. They held a 3-1 lead on the Vancouver Canucks last round, but ran into a red-hot goaltender and needed a seventh game to advance.

"We stuck with it, said Vegas coach Pete DeBoer. "This is a long way from over, and we're going to be a tough out."

Not if the Golden Knights can't solve Khudobin. The Dallas goaltender has stopped 119 of 125 shots in this series, although he's not willing to take that much credit.

"I just try to find the puck and react to it," Khudobin said. "I don't know if it's luck or whatever, but let's call it luck."

However, as the adage goes, "you must be good to be lucky," and Khudobin's luck has the Stars believing in their chances every game.

"We play with confidence," forward Corey Perry said. "Dobby made some big saves for us in timely situations and that's confidence. It starts with Dobby and goes all the way out."

It puts the onus on the Golden Knights to crack that confidence.

"Obviously, there's a sense of urgency right now, where we are in the series, but you have to stay positive," said Vegas forward Reilly Smith. "The more you get down on yourself, you kind of put yourself in the opposite direction.

"We just have to start finding pucks and do a better job making space for each other and clearing space in front of their net. It seems like the puck is bouncing every way but in the net. We've just got to find a way to change that."

"All we need is to finish," DeBoer said. "I think the effort's there. I think we're creating a lot of really good looks. I think defensively we've been really good. Their best player, Joe Pavelski, takes a backhand, rolls up the shaft of our stick and over our goalie's shoulder. We haven't gotten any of those. We've got to stick with it until we do."

Neither coach would provide updates on the status of players injured in Game 4 -- Roope Hintz of Dallas and Mark Stone of Vegas. Stone blocked a shot with his foot/ankle and finished the game but was in obvious pain. Hintz left midway through the first period. If he can't play, watch for Justin Dowling to skate.

--Field Level Media

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Dallas Stars

Vegas Golden Knights

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 8
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Chandler Stephenson
    • assist: Shea Theodore
    • assist: Alex Tuch
  • MIN 12
    • penalty
    • penalty: Mattias Janmark
  • MIN 12
    • penalty
    • penalty: William Carrier
  • MIN 16
    • penalty
    • penalty: Alex Tuch
  • Period 2
  • MIN 2
    • penalty
    • penalty: Shea Theodore
  • MIN 5
    • penalty
    • penalty: Blake Comeau
  • MIN 7
    • penalty
    • penalty: Mattias Janmark
  • MIN 13
    • penalty
    • penalty: Jamie Benn
  • Period 3
  • MIN 0
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Reilly Smith
    • assist: Paul Stastny
  • MIN 0
    • penalty
    • penalty: Joe Pavelski
  • MIN 0
    • penalty
    • penalty: Mark Stone
  • MIN 9
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Jamie Benn
    • assist: Alexander Radulov
    • assist: Esa Lindell
  • MIN 14
    • penalty
    • penalty: Alex Tuch
  • MIN 16
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Joel Kiviranta
    • assist: John Klingberg
    • assist: Denis Gurianov
  • Period 4
  • MIN 2
    • penalty
    • penalty: Zach Whitecloud
  • MIN 3
    • GOAL
    • scorer: Denis Gurianov
    • assist: John Klingberg
    • assist: Roope Hintz
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 57% L 43%
4 3
  • Detroit W 1 - 2
  • Nashville W 2 - 3
  • Nashville W 0 - 7
  • @Tampa Bay D 0 - 0
  • @Florida D 0 - 0
  • @Florida D 0 - 0
  • Tampa Bay L 2 - 0
  • @Tampa Bay W 3 - 2
  • Tampa Bay L 5 - 4
  • Tampa Bay L 5 - 2
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • St. Louis L 5 - 4
  • @Arizona W 1 - 0
  • @Arizona L 2 - 5
  • Arizona W 2 - 5
  • Arizona W 2 - 4
  • Anaheim W 1 - 2
  • Anaheim W 2 - 5
  • Dallas L 3 - 2
  • @Dallas L 1 - 2
  • @Dallas L 2 - 3

Next Games

  • Detroit(01-26-21) W 1 - 2
  • @Carolina(02-25-20) W 4 - 1
  • @Carolina(02-25-20) W 4 - 1
  • @Columbus(10-16-19) L 2 - 3
  • St. Louis(01-26-21) L 5 - 4
  • @San Jose(12-22-19) W 3 - 1
  • @San Jose(12-22-19) W 3 - 1

Last Meetings

  • Stars @ Golden Knights 3-2
  • Golden Knights @ Stars 1-2
  • Golden Knights @ Stars 2-3
  • Stars @ Golden Knights 0-3
  • Stars @ Golden Knights 1-0
  • Stars @ Golden Knights 3-5
  • Golden Knights @ Stars 3-2
  • Golden Knights @ Stars 2-4
  • Golden Knights @ Stars 2-1
  • Stars @ Golden Knights 1-4

Eastern Conference

AtlanticWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Toronto Maple Leafs62012 3-0-13-0-12622L16-0-2
Montreal Canadiens4019 0-0-04-0-02918L14-0-0
Boston Bruins4119 3-0-01-0-11812L24-0-1
Florida Panthers3006 2-0-01-0-0149W33-0-0
Tampa Bay Lightning3106 2-0-01-0-11510L13-0-1
Buffalo Sabres3306 1-0-22-0-12121L23-0-3
Detroit Red Wings2415 2-0-20-0-21322L32-0-4
Ottawa Senators1413 1-0-20-0-21527L51-0-4

Western Conference

CentralWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Winnipeg Jets52010 3-0-12-0-12821L15-0-2
St. Louis Blues4208 2-0-12-0-12227L14-0-2
Minnesota Wild4308 1-0-23-0-11917L24-0-3
Colorado Avalanche4308 2-0-12-0-22518L14-0-3
Dallas Stars3006 3-0-00-0-0123W33-0-0
Nashville Predators3306 3-0-10-0-21519L33-0-3
Chicago Blackhawks2326 2-0-00-0-32126L12-0-3

Eastern Conference

MetropolitanWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Washington Capitals4019 2-0-02-0-02523L14-0-0
Philadelphia Flyers4208 3-0-11-0-12525L24-0-2
Pittsburgh Penguins4219 4-0-00-0-22326L14-0-2
New Jersey Devils3206 2-0-11-0-11416L13-0-2
New York Islanders3306 2-0-01-0-31111L23-0-3
Carolina Hurricanes2104 0-0-02-0-196L12-0-1
Columbus Blue Jackets2226 1-0-01-0-21822L12-0-2
New York Rangers1402 1-0-20-0-21518L41-0-4

Western Conference

PacificWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Vegas Golden Knights51010 4-0-01-0-12317L15-0-1
Los Angeles Kings3228 1-0-12-0-12221L13-0-2
Anaheim Ducks3228 2-0-11-0-11214L23-0-2
San Jose Sharks3406 0-0-03-0-42228L13-0-4
Vancouver Canucks3506 2-0-21-0-32734L23-0-5
Edmonton Oilers3506 1-0-32-0-22329L13-0-5
Calgary Flames2215 2-0-20-0-01613L22-0-2
Arizona Coyotes2404 2-0-20-0-21720L22-0-4

Last Injuries

Vegas Golden Knights

  • Jiri Patera

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Patera has been posted to the injured reserve list with an unlisted injury, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Alex Tuch

    Undisclosed
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Tuch is nursing an unspecified injury, but it is likely that he will play in the season opener against the Ducks.

Dallas Stars

  • Jamie Benn

    Lower Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Benn has been held out of the previous two game with a lower-body injury, and it is uncertain if it will impede his status for Thursday's matchup with the Red Wings.

  • Joel Kiviranta

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Kiviranta has been posted to the injured reserve list, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Roope Hintz

    Lower Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Hintz sat out the previous game with a lower-body ailment, and it is unclear if he will play Thursday versus the Red Wings.

  • Blake Comeau

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Comeau has been posted to the injured reserve list due to COVID-19 protocols, and it is unclear how long he will be out of action.

  • Joel Kiviranta

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Kiviranta will be on the injured reserve list for an extended period due to an unannounced reason.

  • Nick Caamano

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Caamano is on the injured reserve list due to an unspecified injury, and it is uncertain when he will return to the ice.

  • Anton Khudobin

    Personal
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Khudobin is tending to an immigration issue, and it is unclear if he will be available for the season opener against the Predators.

  • Esa Lindell

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Lindell is on the injured reserve list due to the COVID-19 protocol, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

Dallas Stars vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Denis Gurianov was the overtime hero, and the Dallas Stars summoned another comeback to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 Monday night in Edmonton and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.

Dallas, which won the best-of-seven Western Conference finals in five games, overcame a 2-0 deficit in the last 11 minutes of regulation. The Stars will face either the Tampa Bay Lightning or New York Islanders for the championship. Tampa Bay leads the Eastern Conference finals 3-1.

With the Stars on the power play, Gurianov set up at the right faceoff dot and drilled a 110 mph one-timer that found the mark at 3:36 of overtime. Dallas has won all four of its playoff games that went beyond regulation this year.

Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin made 34 saves in yet another clutch performance, and his team came from behind to win for the second game in a row.

With his team down by a pair near the midway point of the third period, Dallas captain Jamie Benn put his team on the board at 9:54 and cued the comeback. During a scramble, Benn gained the puck in the low slot and snapped a high shot into the net for his third goal in as many games.

It was similar to the overtime-forcing, game-tying goal by rookie Joel Kiviranta with 3:47 remaining in regulation. John Klingberg's point shot was stopped, but Kiviranta -- who had a hat trick in the Stars' Game 7 win over the Colorado Avalanche last round -- pounced on the rebound and buried the golden chance for the power-play marker.

And now, the Golden Knights head into the offseason knowing they blew a huge opportunity in their elimination game.

Needing a strong start to help keep their hopes alive, the Golden Knights received it when Chandler Stephenson opened the scoring in the first period. Stephenson was sprung on a breakaway by Shea Theodore and tucked a backhand through Khudobin's legs at the 8:14 mark. It was the first time in eight games that Vegas scored a first-period goal.

Then, Reilly Smith tallied 15 seconds into the third period to double the lead. Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner stopped Tyler Seguin's one-timer, which sent the Golden Knights the other way on an odd-man rush, and Smith ripped a top-corner shot over Khudobin's trapper to snap a 10-game goal scoring drought. It was the fastest goal to start a period in Golden Knights playoff history.

Lehner finished with 23 saves in the loss.

--Field Level Media