The quest for the cup continues Sunday afternoon when the Vegas Golden Knights host the Dallas Stars in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Read on for our Golden Knights vs. Stars picks based on the best NHL odds.
The Golden Knights drew first blood in the opening game of Western Conference Finals on Friday night, scraping by the Stars 4-3 in overtime. Brett Howden scored the game winner just over a minute into the extra frame, while Vegas’ goaltender Adin Hill stopped 33 of 36 shots to secure the win.
Roope Hintz racked up a goal and two assists for the Stars, and Jake Oettinger made 33 saves in a losing cause. It was the Stars’ third overtime loss this postseason (0-3), while the Golden Knights are 2-0 when the game requires OT.
With the table set for Game 2, here are our best Stars vs.Golden Knights picks (odds via DraftKings; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
Stars vs. Golden Knights pick
Hintz Over 2.5 shots on goal (-175 via DraftKings) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Leading the league with 22 points through 14 postseason games, Hintz is the straw that stirs the Stars’ drink. The 26-year-old forward was an absolute menace in Game 1 with three points and four shots on goal in nearly 20 minutes of ice time.
There’s definite value in backing Hintz to tickle the twine (+175 at bet365), considering he’s averaging 0.71 goals per game in the playoffs, but betting that he’ll get at least three shots on goal is a bit of a no-brainer. He’s had four shots on goal in three straight games, and reached the three-shot plateau nine times in 14 games.
Plying his trade on the Stars’ top line and No. 1 powerplay unit, Hintz will have plenty of opportunities to direct at least three pucks on net.
Stars vs. Golden Knights best odds
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There isn’t much disparity between the best sports betting apps, with the most favorable odds coming at DraftKings, BetMGM, or theScoreBet. We placed this at DraftKings because it opens the door for some enticing same-game parlay options.
Stars vs. Golden Knights odds
Stars vs. Golden Knights odds analysis
Following their victory in Game 1, the Golden Knights opened as -125 favorites and that line has stayed relatively steady at the best sports betting sites. Your best value is to snatch them up at -120 over with bet365. Those looking to back the Stars can grab even odds at theScoreBet.
The goal total is set at 5.5, and virtually all the best sportsbooks are listing identical -110 odds for both the Over and Under. With the two teams combining for seven goals in Game 1, and the Knights/Stars combining with their opponents to score six-plus goals in 19 in 26 games, there’s real value in backing the Over.
Stars vs. Golden Knights game info
- Date: May 21, 2023, 3 p.m. ET
- TV: Sportsnet, CBC, ESPN+, ABC
- Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Stars-Golden Knights pick made 05/20/2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
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