Las Vegas Golden Knights (--) at Dallas Stars (34-37-11)
|Date & Time||Friday October 6, 2017, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Dallas Stars -250 / Las Vegas Golden Knights +200 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Las Vegas Golden Knights play in their inaugural NHL contest as they travel to Frisco to take on the Dallas Stars on Friday night.
The Golden Knights begin their tenure as an NHL franchise on the road against the Dallas Stars on Friday night and as expected they are big time underdogs as we approach puck drop as it surely won’t be an easy haul for the Knights who have the bulk of their roster as guys who were deemed expendable by other rosters. Vegas did have a decent showing in the preseason but the lights are shining at full strength heading into this one as they are taking on a Stars team who have Stanley Cup aspirations just a season after falling short of the same lofty expectations just one year ago. Vegas is slated to send Marc-Andre Fleury to the crease as he will face off against Ben Bishop who is projected to be the team’s long term answer between the pipes – an issue they have struggled with over the last few seasons.
The Stars have a very deep roster in the offensive zone and have arguably the best line in hockey as Jame Benn, Tyler Seguin, and newly acquired Alex Radulov form a lethal trio that should be up there with the highest scoring units in the NHL. Dallas does have depth up top as well and have a blue line that is serviceable and now with Bishop in between the pipes I think they have a great shot at making a run in the Western Conference, though they will certainly have some company. Dallas is at home where they have been great over the last few seasons and with this being the first game in Vegas Golden Knights history you can bet the Stars won’t want to be the answer to a trivia question in a few years time.
The Stars are 6-1 in their last seven Friday games and 4-1 in their last five against the Pacific while the Knights don’t have any trends for obvious reasons. The line on this one is way too chalky, especially for the first game of the season, but the only viable choice here is on Dallas who should have no trouble getting the win.