It didn’t take long for the Dallas Stars to put the Las Vegas Golden Knights on the ropes in the Western Conference final. The Stars head into Game 5 on Monday evening, up 3-1 in the series. Dallas has won two straight games in the series and is trying to make their first Stanley Cup appearance since their 1999 championship run.

The story of the series so far has been goaltending on both sides. These two teams have only scored six goals in the series, a measly 1.5 goals per game. That bodes well for both teams if they advance to the finals, where they will meet either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the New York Islanders, both of whom have been scoring in droves throughout the playoffs.

The puck is set to drop on NBCSN at 8:00 ET on Monday night. Don’t miss your chance to watch the Stars advance to the finals, or the Golden Knights battle back into the series.

The North Stars Once Again

It seems as though the Dallas Stars have reverted back to the old North Stars team name now that they are winning home games in Canada. This NHL return has been unusual, but a very welcome unusual here in 2020. Dallas is looking at returning to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in over 20 years.

Game 4 brought out the best in a couple of familiar faces in the NHL playoffs. Joe Pavelski and Jamie Benn were the two goal scorers for the Stars. Certainly, those two know a thing or two about scoring goals in a heated playoff battle. As the series plays out Monday night, they need to step up once again and obscure the goalie production in this series.

All That Glitters

Vegas kicked the night off against the Stars in Game 4 as they have in most series this season, with their fourth line on the ice. Their fourth line may not be the most apt to scoring, but they start games off with such physicality that they can wear you out quickly. Not to mention, Ryan Reaves can leave you as frustrated as you are beaten down.

While the Knights only goal in Game 4 came off the stick of Alec Martinez, it’s been veteran Paul Statsny that has stood out in the series. Statsny assisted on Martinez’s goal and was second on the Golden Knights in shot attempts. Vegas needs the wily vet to continue and make his presence felt. Jonathan Marchessault and Shea Theodore led the team in shot attempts, but they’re going to need to net a few of those attempts in game 5.

Betting Elimination Games

Betting on elimination games in any major sport adds a bit more anxiety to the grind of the game, but a good type of anxiety, much like betting on any Game 7. The Knights are favored by a goal and a half headed into the contest. The game total is set at 5. At least one of those is easily bettable. 

You’re going to want to grab the under-five in this one since the goaltending has been too stout. I don’t see that changing. As for the goal and a half spread, stay away from it and take the Knights -175 on the moneyline. The payoff isn’t as great, but it will definitely improve your shot at taking home some money. Good luck, hockey bettors.