NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Dallas 1 2 1 4
Vegas 0 2 3 5
7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00 BRT, December 8, 2021
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada  Attendance: 17,843

Stars aim for franchise-record eighth straight victory in Vegas

Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights

  1. The Golden Knights have won seven of their nine regular-season games against the Stars, including a 3-2 overtime victory in Dallas on October 27. Evgenii Dadonov scored the OT winner in that game, just his second career OT winner (also Feb. 15, 2021 with Ottawa).
  2. The Stars have won seven consecutive games, tying a Minnesota/Dallas franchise record (done five times before). The only other current NHL franchises who have never won eight straight games are Winnipeg (longest is seven) and Seattle (longest is two).
  3. Jamie Benn scored two goals against Arizona on Monday. It was Benn's 43rd multiple-goal game for the Stars but first since his hat trick against Carolina on Feb. 11, 2020. Benn has the fifth most multi-goal games in Stars franchise history, behind Mike Modano (92), Dino Ciccarelli (79), Brian Bellows (61) and Bill Goldsworthy (47).
  4. The Golden Knights are 14-2-1 this season in games in which they scored at least three goals and 0-8-0 when scoring no more than twice. Colorado (0-4-0) is the only other NHL team without a point from games in which they scored fewer than three goals this season.
  5. Nicolas Roy had a goal and an assist in each of Vegas's last two games. This is the first time Roy has recorded consecutive multiple-point games in his five seasons in the NHL.
  6. Robin Lehner stopped 23 of the Flames' 25 shots on goal in his 3-2 win on Sunday. Lehner is 5-1-0 with a 1.85 GAA in the six games this season in he faced fewer than 30 shots on goal, and 5-8-0 with a 3.58 GAA in 13 games in which he faced 30 or more shots.
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Dallas Stars are in position to make some club history. Standing in the way is a Vegas Golden Knights club that's playing quite well at home.

Looking to record a franchise-record eighth straight victory, the Stars also aim to cool off the Golden Knights in their building on Wednesday night.

Dallas has outscored its opponents 25-9 over the last seven games. On Monday, Jamie Benn had two goals with an assist and Stars allowed just 19 shots while winning their eighth consecutive home contest, 4-1 over Arizona.

The Stars are 9-1-0 since losing back-to-back games versus Vancouver on Nov. 7 and Nashville on Nov. 10.

"It shows we're doing something right around here right now," Benn, who snapped a five-game point drought, told reporters. "We're playing some good hockey.

"Everyone's contributing, and the goalies are a big part of that. Top to bottom, good team efforts."

Dallas' Braden Holtby made 18 saves Monday and has stopped 82 of the 86 shots he's faced while posting a .953 save percentage during his three-game winning streak as a starter. Meanwhile, teammate Jake Oettinger has a 1.29 goals-against average with a .956 save percentage during his own four-game winning streak.

Now, the Stars take their act on the road for three straight games out west. They're 4-5-1 away from home this season, and 1-2-0 all-time at Vegas. The Golden Knights, who got an Evgenii Dadonov overtime goal to win 3-2 at Dallas on Oct. 27, are 8-5-0 at home after losing three of their first four there.

Vegas won its second straight game Sunday, 3-2 over Calgary at home. Nicolas Roy had a goal with an assist for the Golden Knights, who have won 13 of the last 19 and share the same 28 points as the Stars.

Looking to match a season high with their third consecutive win, the Golden Knights feel they are in good position to string together some wins -- especially with the likes of key contributors Max Pacioretty (six goals, four assists in seven games) and William Karlsson healthy and back on the ice.

"The key now is, when we do have everyone back, to not sit on our heels and say, 'We have our lineup and we deserve wins,'" Pacioretty told reporters. "We've got to keep that same (hungry) mentality."

Pacioretty, a top-line winger for the Golden Knights, has scored four times during a three-game goal streak. Pacioretty missed nearly six weeks after suffering a fractured foot when blocking a shot during the first week of the season and returned Nov. 24.

Vegas' Robin Lehner (3.02 GAA this season), who announced he won't play for Sweden in the upcoming Winter Olympics "for health reasons," made 23 saves Sunday for a third win in his last seven starts. Meanwhile, teammate Laurent Brossoit has a 1.67 GAA during his three-game winning streak and made 32 saves at Dallas in October.

Dallas' Joe Pavelski has a goal with four assists in his last five road games.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 8, 2021

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