The Vegas Golden Knights (42-31-6) open a regular-season ending three-game road trip against the Dallas Stars (44-30-5) in a pick’em matchup at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. The Golden Knights vs Stars prediction has the visitors as the slightly higher-ranked team, but the hosts can eliminate them from playoff contention with a victory in regulation combined with a win by the Nashville Predators in any of their last three games.
Vegas vs Dallas Odds & Analysis
Vegas blew a couple of golden opportunities to move ahead of Dallas during a three-game homestand, losing to the New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks as a favorite of -330 or higher each time. Now the Golden Knights have to beat the Stars on their home ice just to stay alive for one of the two wild cards in the Western Conference while a loss here essentially eliminates them from continuing to compete for a postseason spot.
Dallas still has not clinched anything either but could do just that with a victory in regulation time. The Stars have actually been playing worse than their opponent recently, which is one reason why the line has dropped to a pick’em in early betting action. This is definitely a bigger game for Vegas, with Dallas having an easier remaining schedule.
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Golden Knights Blow Another Lead To Sharks In Demoralizing Loss
Vegas fell to the Sharks 5-4 in a shootout Sunday night after holding a 4-2 lead with a little more than two minutes left in regulation. That is about as bad as it gets, especially when you consider what was at stake for the Golden Knights, who also had a power play for the last 1:37 of overtime but could not produce the game-winning goal.
They had an 11-game winning streak against the Sharks snapped in the process and now face an extremely difficult task of having to win their last three games and get some help from others for any shot at making the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.
Vegas will play out the rest of the slate without regular starting goaltender Robin Lehner, who will undergo shoulder surgery. Logan Thompson will continue to fill in for Lehner.
Stars Looking To Shine In Biggest Game Of The Season At Home
Dallas is 4-4-2 in its last 10 games, which is slightly worse than the Knights during that same stretch (5-3-2). However, the Stars closed as underdogs in four of their last six losses, with a pick’em defeat thrown in there as well. Only one of them was a truly bad loss, with the Devils serving as the spoilers again.
Fortunately for the Stars, their last two opponents to close out the regular season at home are the Arizona Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks, and both should result in wins.
All it will likely take is one more victory for this team to qualify for the postseason as a wild card.
Golden Knights vs Stars Pick & Insights
Golden Knights: Keys To Victory
Too many bad losses this season could keep Vegas out of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, although this team has risen to the occasion lately against quality opponents to somehow stay in the race. The biggest key will be whether the Golden Knights can rally around Thompson and quickly get over such a devastating loss in time to pull off one more huge win – and then two more to close things out.
Stars: Keys To Victory
Dallas controls its own destiny, something Vegas lost in getting upset by San Jose. The Stars eliminated the Golden Knights in five games two years ago in the Western Conference final when few gave them a chance, and this is basically a one-game playoff on their own home ice. At least Dallas needs to treat this as such. If you are taking the hosts with your Golden Knights vs Stars pick, then one of the reasons has to be fading the visitors off such an emotional loss that may have taken their fighting spirit away.
Odds Shark’s Computer Golden Knights vs Stars Prediction: Stars -110
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