Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars Preview & Prediction (12/13/2019)

The Vegas Golden Knights will be on the road Friday taking the ice against the Stars at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Golden Knights will be looking for their second win in three games following a 2-4 loss against the Blues in St. Louis on Thursday. The Stars will be looking for a fourth consecutive win after beating the New Jersey Devils 2-0 in Dallas their last time on the ice.

Las Vegas will take the ice on Friday 16-13-5 on the season following a 2-4 loss in St. Louis against the Blues. Both teams were able to fire 29 shots in the game with the Golden Knights winning 23 of 42 faceoffs. Las Vegas was unable to score a goal on any of their three power-play opportunities and was never forced to skate shorthanded in the game. They had five blocked shots and four takeaways in the game.

The Golden Knights have been good for an average of 2.88 goals per game this season while giving up 2.85 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 33.7 shots per game while allowing 31.5 on the defensive end of the ice. Las Vegas has scored 23 power-play goals for a 22.5 conversion rate to go with an 83.6 penalty kill percentage.

The Dallas Stars are now 18-11-3 following a 2-0 win at home against the New Jersey Devils. Dallas was able to outshoot New Jersey 35-26 in the game while winning 40 of 60 faceoffs. The Stars were unable to score a goal on any of their five power-play opportunities while defending the net each of the three times they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had eight blocked shots and 12 takeaways in the game.

Dallas has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 2.59 goals per game for the season while giving up 2.31 to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 31.2 shots per game while allowing 31.0 on the defensive end of the ice. They have 16 power-play goals this season for a 17.2 conversion rate to go with an 85.0 penalty kill percentage.

As of late Thursday night, both the line and total were off for this game. I’m liking the Stars’ defense at home in this one. Las Vegas was in a tough game against the Blues Thursday and I don’t see it getting any easier, here. Dallas is holding their opponents to under two and a half goals per game with an impressive 85.0 penalty kill percentage. My money’s on the Stars at home in this one.

NHL Stats and Trends:

  • Las Vegas is 3-8 in their previous 11 games vs. the Central division.
  • Las Vegas is 2-6 in their previous eight games vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Dallas is 6-0 in their previous six games vs. the Pacific division.
  • Dallas is 10-1 in their previous 11 games at home.

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