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GAMEDAY THREAD — Golden Knights vs. Stars: Western Conference Final, Game 4

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Vegas aims to even up the best-of-seven series.

Vegas Golden Knights v Dallas Stars - Game Three Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars will go head-to-head tonight in a critical Game 4 contest.

Emphasis on critical.

A win for Vegas and the series is tied at 2-2; a loss, and the Knights are one loss from elimination while the Stars are one win from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

Needless to say, the Knights need to get off to a good start tonight.

The team that has scored first has won all three games of this series thus far. The first two were shutouts, and though Game 3 was a back-and-forth effort, ultimately Dallas scored first and came away victorious with a shocking game-winning goal just 31 seconds into overtime.

It didn’t prove to be relevant that the Knights were dominant in the third period. It didn’t matter that Vegas came out on top in shots (40-23) and shot attempts (73-44). Anton Khudobin was fantastic for the Stars, and that’s why Vegas finds itself trailing.

The Knights need a good start, a consistent 60-minute effort and a confident performance tonight. They bounced back in Game 2, and they need to do the same tonight.

Let’s discuss.

Projected lineups

Vegas

Jonathan MarchessaultWilliam KarlssonReilly Smith
Alex TuchChandler StephensonMark Stone
Max PaciorettyPaul StastnyNicolas Roy
William CarrierNick CousinsRyan Reaves

Brayden McNabbNate Schmidt
Alec MartinezShea Theodore
Nick HoldenZach Whitecloud

Robin Lehner
Marc-Andre Fleury

Dallas

Jamie BennTyler SeguinAlexander Radulov
Mattias JanmarkJoe PavelskiDenis Gurianov
Joel KivirantaRoope HintzCorey Perry
Andrew CoglianoJason DickinsonBlake Comeau

Esa LindellJohn Klingberg
Jamie OleksiakMiro Heiskanen
Joel HanleyAndrej Sekera

Khudobin
Jake Oettinger