Vegas Golden Knights Vs. Stars WCF Game 5: Lineups, TV, Odds, More

It is do or die time for the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5.

It is now or never for the Vegas Golden Knights who must beat the Dallas Stars tonight or else face the bitter disappointment of being eliminated from the Western Conference Final in five games.

It is that simple.

There is nothing else to do for the Golden Knights than to win tonight and stay alive, otherwise they face a long off-season full of questions.

The Skinny

It all comes down to this.

A true win-or-go home game for the Golden Knights, who have a lot of flaws to try and iron out prior to Game 5.

Firstly, their offense stinks right now having scored six goals in four games against the Stars and just 10 goals in their last seven games.

None of the Golden Knights’ big hitters are delivering or playing up to their high standards, as we mapped out here, and it doesn’t help that they are coming up against a red hot goalie in Anton Khudobin who has been sensational for the Stars.

However, Vegas has also been their own worst enemy given that they aren’t getting traffic to the net, they aren’t setting up screens in-front of Khudobin and they aren’t getting to the dirty areas.

They also need to do a better job of locating their shots and forcing rebounds down low but, in truth, the Stars have figured out the Golden Knights and they are doing a great job of stifling them to this point.

Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights is tripped up by Esa Lindell #23 of the Dallas Stars in Game Four

Jonathan Marchessault #81 of the Vegas Golden Knights is tripped up by Esa Lindell #23 of the Dallas Stars in Game Four of the Western Conference Final. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Stars are circling the wagons and are collapsing around their own goal, making life incredibly difficult for the Knights.

And, while Vegas Head Coach Pete DeBoer has stressed that his team won’t sway away from the game plan, they will need to come up with something different if they are to stay alive and avoid elimination tonight.

It also doesn’t help that the Stars came close to blowing a 3-1 series lead against the Colorado Avalanche in the Second Round, so they will be keen to put those lessons into practice and avoid a similar scare this time around.

All the pressure, however, will be on the Vegas Golden Knights and they must rediscover what made them an absolute force in the regular season if they are to live to fight another day inside The Bubble.

Vegas will be the home team in Game 5 so will get the last change.

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Projected Lineups

Vegas Golden Knights 1-3-0

According to Jesse Granger of The Athletic, Robin Lehner will get the start in Game 5 and he will need to be stellar yet again in order to give the Golden Knights a chance of staying alive.

Head Coach Peter DeBoer refused to give any injury updates, so we don’t know if Mark Stone or Tomas Nosek will be available for Game 5.

Stone left Game 4 hurt and, even though the forward has gone scoreless in five of six games, he’s exactly the type of player you want on the ice in a win-or-go home situation.

If Stone isn’t available to play then it is likely Chandler Stephenson will be bumped up to a top-six role, or it could be worth a gamble inserting Peyton Krebs into the lineup, something we explored here.

Here’s the Vegas Golden Knights Projected Lineup for Game 5, per nhl.com…

Max PaciorettyWilliam Karlsson – Mark Stone

Jonathan MarchessaultPaul StastnyReilly Smith

Nick Cousins – Chandler Stephenson – Alex Tuch

William CarrierNicolas RoyRyan Reaves

Alec MartinezShea Theodore

Brayden McNabbNate Schmidt

Nick HoldenZach Whitecloud

Robin Lehner

Marc-Andre Fleury

Dallas Stars 3-1-0

Anton Khudobin, who has allowed just three goals on 73 shots (.959 SV%) in his last three games, will get the start in Game 5.

However, the Stars will be without gritty forward Radek Faksa for the second straight game, while center Roope Hintz is a game-time decision.

If Hintz can’t go tonight then either one of Justin Dowling or Ty Dellandrea to come into the lineup.

Here is the Dallas Stars Projected Lineup for Game 5, per nhl.com…

Jamie BennTyler SeguinAlexander Radulov

Mattias JanmarkJoe PavelskiDenis Gurianov

Joel Kiviranta – Roope Hintz – Corey Perry

Andrew CoglianoJason DickinsonBlake Comeau

Esa LindellJohn Klingberg

Jamie OleksiakMiro Heiskanen

Andrej SekeraJoel Hanley

Anton Khudobin

Jake Oettinger

Stat of the Day

The 2000 New Jersey Devils are the only team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Conference Final. They went on to beat the Stars in the Stanley Cup Final, by the way.

And, teams are 34-1 when holding a 3-1 series lead since the Conference Final was introduced in 1982.

Shea Theodore #27 of the Vegas Golden Knights is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars

Shea Theodore #27 of the Vegas Golden Knights is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period in Game Three of the Western Conference Final. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Team Leaders

Vegas Golden Knights Postseason Leaders

Shea Theodore: 18 points (7 G, 11 A)

Mark Stone: 17 points (7G, 10 A)

Reilly Smith: 13 points (4 G, 9 A)

Alex Tuch: 11 points (8 G, 3 A)

William Karlsson: 10 points (4 G, 6 A)

Dallas Stars Postseason Leaders

Miro Heiskanen: 22 points (5 G, 17 A)

Jamie Benn: 17 points (7 G, 10 A)

Denis Gurianov: 15 points (8 G, 7 A)

John Klingberg: 14 points (3 G, 11 A)

Joe Pavelski: 14 points (9 G, 5 A)

Postseason Stats

Power Play: VGK: 19.1% (10th) – DAL: 25.8% (5th)
Penalty Kill: VGK: 87.9% (5th) – DAL: 82.7% (11th)
Faceoff: VGK: 45.0% (23rd) – DAL: 49.8% (13th)
GF/GP: VGK: 2.89 (8th) – DAL: 2.95 (7th)
GA/GP: VGK: 2.16 (2nd) – DAL: 3.10 (16th)

Prediction

Final
Dallas Stars
1
Vegas Golden Knights
2

Let’s do it.

The Golden Knights will get more than one goal and then rely on Robin Lehner to stand on his head and shut the door in order to stay alive and live to fight for another day.

Let’s hope that’s the case.

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Game Info

Puck Drop: 5:00 p.m. PT

Venue: Rogers Place, Edmonton

TV: NBCSN

Radio: FOX Sports 98.9/1340