Stars vs. Golden Knights Prediction: NHL Western Conference Final

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Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson prepares for a face off during Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild, Wednesday, April 19, 2023, in Dallas.
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Rachael Millanta @rachaelmillanta May 30, 2023, 5:27 PM
  • Can the Stars advance to contend for their second Stanley Cup in franchise history?
  • Will the Golden Knights be able to hold off another strong offense?
  • Jason Robertson and Jack Eichel will be players to watch.

The first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs are officially in the rearview mirror, and just two teams remain in the Western Conference — the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars.

The first two rounds have seen both teams face tough opponents, with the Golden Knights overcoming the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers and the Stars besting the Minnesota Wild and Seattle Kraken. Going into this series, the Golden Knights have Stanley Cup odds of +225, and the Stars trail at +325.

So who will win the Western Conference Final, and which players should you watch?

Stars vs. Golden Knights: Series Prediction

I predict the Dallas Stars will win the Western Conference Final in seven games, but according to implied betting odds, the Golden Knights are predicted to win the series with 58.33% confidence.

In the 2022-23 regular season, the Stars met the Golden Knights three times and won all three games, which bodes well for them. Even after watching Vegas hold off the high-powered offense of the Edmonton Oilers in the second round, I think Dallas will have the edge in this series, though I expect it to be tight.

Both teams have exceptional rosters.

Jack Eichel, Mark Stone, Chandler Stephenson, and Jonathan Marchessault have been incredible for the Golden Knights, while Roope Hintz, Jason Robertson, Joe Pavelski, and Max Domi have dominated for the Stars. 

The biggest difference between the two teams’ chances is in net, where the Stars have an absolute weapon in Jake Oettinger.

Since the Golden Knights had the better regular-season record and, therefore, have home ice advantage, Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, while Games 3, 4, and 6 will be played at ​​American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Stars vs. Golden Knights: Player Prop Predictions

Jason Robertson Will Record Over 20 Shots

In the regular season, Robertson put up 46 goals, 63 assists, 109 points, and 313 shots for the Stars, before adding another 22 shots in the first round of the playoffs and 15 in the second. Going into the conference final against the Golden Knights, I think Robertson will be a player to watch.

In his four-year career, this is Robertson’s second season making the playoffs. 

His stats in the 2022-23 regular season and playoffs prove how much he’s improved since  last year, and another 20 shots in the conference final shouldn’t be too much of an ask for the 23-year-old star.

Jack Eichel Will Record Over 7 Points

Eichel recorded 27 goals, 39 assists, 66 points, and 223 shots during the regular season before backing it up with five points in the first round and nine in the second. Now heading into the conference final to face the Stars, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 26-year-old center keep turning up the heat.

In his eighth season in the NHL (second with the Golden Knights), this is Eichel’s first trip to the playoffs. 

He’s been a consistent high-performer since his debut and this season has been no exception, so I don’t expect him to take his foot off the gas in the conference final.

Stars vs. Golden Knights: Schedule

GAMEDATETIMEARENA
Game 1May 198:30 p.m. ETT-Mobile Arena
Game 2May 213 p.m. ETT-Mobile Arena
Game 3May 238 p.m. ETAmerican Airlines Center
Game 4May 258 p.m. ETAmerican Airlines Center
Game 5May 278 p.m. ETT-Mobile Arena
Game 6May 298 p.m. ETAmerican Airlines Center
Game 7May 319 p.m. ETT-Mobile Arena

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Rachael Millanta

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Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.