- What: Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars
- Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2023
- Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: TNT, MAX
The top team in the Pacific Division travels to Texas tonight to face the Central Division’s leading team when the Vegas Golden Knights meet the Dallas Stars. The Western Conference NHL action takes place at American Airlines Center. Vegas enters the game with a 13-4-2 record, while Dallas heads into action at 12-4-1. Tonight’s game marks the second meeting of these teams in the 2024 NHL season, Dallas won the first game, which took place in mid-October 3-2 in a shootout.
The Vegas Golden Knights finished last season as the top team in the Central Division and the Western Conference with a 51-22-9 record after missing the playoffs the previous year. Vegas downed the Florida Panthers in five games to win its first Stanley Cup. Vegas heads into tonight on a two-game road losing skid.
The Dallas Stars made a deep run in the playoffs last year, taking eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Vegas Golden Knights, to six games in the conference finals. The Stars kept their core of Jason Robertson, Roope Hintz, Joe Pavelski, Tyler Seguin, Miro Heiskanen, and Jake Oettinger together for 2024 and added one-time 40-goal scorer Matt Duchene to the lineup. The Stars are 5-1 in their past six games.
Before we look at the betting breakdown for tonight’s NHL matchup between the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars, check out our betting picks to win the 2024 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars betting picks – November 22, 2023
|Vegas Golden Knights
|OV 6.5 (-103)
|UN 6.5 (-117)
Vegas Golden Knights betting breakdown
The defending Stanley Cup champions, the Vegas Golden Knights largely stood pat this offseason. The team’s only significant change to its roster was trading Riley Smith to the Penguins. That trade freed up the cap space the club used to sign forward Ivan Barbashev to a five-year, $25 million contract. Barbashev played 23 regular season games for the team, picking up six goals and 10 assists, but he picked up steam in the playoffs, finishing with 18 points in 22 games. The 27-year-old had a career-best year in 2022, scoring 60 points for the St. Louis Blues. Barbashev spent most of the playoffs teamed with Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault, who led the team in scoring during the playoffs.
The fact that management did not make any enormous changes to the Stanley Cup-winning roster speaks volumes about the chemistry and confidence this team has. With how the club has played this year, ownership and management made the right decision to keep most of the Cup-winning lineup intact.
William Karlsson leads the team in scoring with 20 points. He is tops in goals (9) on the club. Shea Theodore leads the team in assists with 14, while Jack Eichel is second on the team in scoring with 19 points (7G, 12A).
Adin Hill and Logan Thompson are sharing the netminding duties for Vegas. Both men are playing well, with a combined goals against average of 2.47 and save percentage of .925. Of the two, Hill has the better numbers with a 2.07 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.
Vegas has a 5-3-1 road record this season.
Dallas Stars betting breakdown
The Dallas Stars‘ decision to keep their core together for another year was a wise one. The team was a deep one last year, with nine players who scored more than 10 goals in the regular season. Adding Matt Duchene to that group will only help, as Duchene put up 22 goals for Nashville in 2023 after scoring a career-high 43 for that club in 2022.
The Stars are playing sound defensive hockey this year, only the St. Louis Blues have given up fewer goals in the Central Division. Dallas has scored 61 goals so far and surrendered 48.
Joe Pavelski leads the team in scoring with 17 points, the veteran’s eight goals are tops on the team. Miro Heiskanen leads the team in assists with 11, and Roope Hintz is second on the team in scoring with 16 points (7G, 9A).
Jake Oettinger is carrying the load in net for Dallas, with 12 starts. He has an 8-3-1 record, a .920 save percentage, and a 2.50 goals against average.
Dallas is a 5-3-0 home team this season.
Best bet for Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars
Dallas has been scoring a lot of goals as of late, picking up 18 in their past three wins. Meanwhile, Vegas has half that in their last three outings. With the goaltending these teams have, it’s hard to see the Stars and Golden Knights combining for more than 6.5 goals. The betting pick is to go with the clubs scoring less than 6.5 goals.
The Stars are playing well right now, the same cannot be said of the Golden Knights. Dallas is 2-4-1 in their past seven games. The betting pick is for the Stars to beat the Golden Knights.
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