The Vegas Golden Knights face the Dallas Stars in Game Four of the Western Conference Final in what has been a one-sided series so far. The Golden Knights have taken the first three games and are one win away from the Stanley Cup Final. The Stars lost the first two games in overtime but fell apart in Game Three to fall into a 0-3 series hole. The Golden Knights look to advance to the Stanley Cup Final while the Stars look to avoid elimination and Game Four should be a good one.
Golden Knights defense hopes to seal series victoryThe Golden Knights have controlled the Western Conference Final with their offense stepping up and scoring 11 goals. Ivan Barbashev and Jonathan Marchessault have scored three goals and four assists to lead the top two lines but the rest of the offense has also stepped up. Mark Stone, Chandler Stephenson, and Nicolas Roy have combined for two goals and seven assists while defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Zach Whitecloud have added a goal and three assists from the point to help open up the offense.
The offense has been great but the defense has carried the Golden Knights, allowing only five goals with a shutout in Game Three. Alex Pietrangelo and Alec Martinez have led the top pairing while Zach Whitecloud, Shea Theodore, and Brayden McNabb have added depth to the unit, creating turnovers in all three zones and limiting shots on the net. In addition, goaltender Adin Hill has stepped up in this series, saving 93 of the 98 shots he's faced.
Stars hope offense steps up in Game FourThe Stars have fallen apart in this series with their offense letting them down, scoring only five goals in the three games. Jason Robertson, Joe Pavelski, and Roope Hintz have scored three goals and five assists but the rest of the offense has struggled. The hope is that Miro Heiskanen and Ryan Suter can step up as they added 14 goals and 84 assists from the point this season but have only scored one goal and two assists in this series.
The offense has let the Stars down but the defense has also struggled, allowing 11 goals. Heiskanen, Suter, and Esa Lindell have led the top two pairings but the rest of the unit has struggled, allowing the Golden Knights to find open shots on the net at will. In addition, goaltender Jake Oettinger has struggled in this series, allowing 10 goals on 66 shots.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Stars look to avoid elimination but the Golden Knights have controlled this series and look to dominate Game Four to close things out. The Golden Knights, who have scored 11 goals in the series, should pile on the goals with Mark Stone, Ivan Barbashev, and the rest of the forward unit carrying the puck into the offensive zone and creating open shots with great passes to the slot and near the net. the Golden Knights, who have only allowed five goals through three games, should limit the Stars' offense with Alex Pietrangelo, Alec Martinez, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers in the defensive zone and limiting shooting lanes, allowing goaltender Adin Hill to make plenty of big saves to seal the victory. The Golden Knights should win Game Four to sweep the series and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Take the Golden Knights' money line as road Underdogs.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both defenses have controlled this series and Game Four should reflect that with both defensive units stepping up and taking over this game. The Stars look to bounce back after allowing four goals in Game Three and limit the Golden Knights with Miro Heiskanen, Ryan Suter, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers in the defensive zone and limiting shots on the net, allowing goaltender Jake Oettinger to make plenty of big saves. The Golden Knights look to build off a shutout and eliminate the Stars' offense with Alex Pietrangelo, Alec Martinez, Zach Whitecloud, and the rest of the defensive unit forcing turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone while goaltender Adin Hill blanks the shots on the net. The Under should cover in a low-scoring game controlled by both defenses.
Take the Under on 5.5 goals.