What you need to know about Saturday’s Game 5 of the Western Conference finals between the Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.
Western Conference Final – Game 5 (Vegas leads series 3-1)
When: Saturday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. CT
Where: T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV
TELEVISION: abc and ESPN+
Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM, 1310-AM
Live Stats: NHL Game Center
one knight at a time
- The Stars opened the Western Conference finals against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night at T-Mobile Arena, facing the Golden Knights in the postseason for the second time.
- The clubs played one game in the round-robin of the Stanley Cup qualifying round in 2020, where the Stars lost to the Golden Knights 5–3. A month later, the clubs met in the Western Conference Final of the 2020 Playoffs. The Stars defeated the Golden Knights in five games (4-1) and went on to the Stanley Cup Final.
- Nine current Stars skaters played in the conference final series against Las Vegas in 2020. Captain jamie benn led the Stars with five points (3-2–5) in the series, while defenseman miro heiskanen he recorded four assists (0-4–4) and averaged 24:48 minutes of ice per game, leading the team in both categories. Forward joe pavelski (2-1–3), roope hintz (0-2–2), Joel Kiviranta (1-0–1), Radek Faksa (0-1–1) and Tyler Seguin (0-1–1) and defenders Joel Hanley (0-1–1) and That Lindell (0-1–1) also appeared in the series.
- The Stars avoided elimination on Thursday night against the Golden Knights, earning their first victory of the Western Conference finals with a 3-2 overtime victory. The club travels to Las Vegas for Game 5 with a 1-3 record in the series.
- Through the first three games of the series, the Stars have gone 3 for 9 (33.3%) on the power play and 8 for 10 (80.0%) on the penalty shootout.
- Forward jason robertson leads the Dallas Skaters with four goals and shares the lead with five points (1-4–5) in the conference finals.
- Hintz leads the club with four assists and shares the lead with five points (1-4–5) in the series.
- Pavelski has faced the Golden Knights in the postseason three times (2018 and 2019 with San Jose, 2020 with Dallas) and has recorded 11 points (6-7–12) in 23 postseason games against them. He leads the current Stars skaters with nine points (5-4–9) in 14 regular-season games against Las Vegas.
- Kiviranta (2-0–2) led the club with two goals against the Golden Knights in the regular season.
- defending thomas harley he recorded his first point (0-1–1) of the 2022-23 season on April 8 against the Golden Knights at American Airlines Center.
- goalie jake oettinger he made his NHL debut against Las Vegas in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on September 8, 2020, becoming the 12th goaltender in NHL history to make his playoff debut. He has appeared in four postseason games against Las Vegas, posting a 1-3 record, a 3.43 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage.
- goalie Scott Wedgewood he came into Game 3 in relief, stopping 10 of 11 shots. He has made three career regular season appearances against the Golden Knights, posting a 1-1-1 record, 2.75 goals against average and .934 save percentage.
Not your average joe
- Forward Joe Pavelski scored in overtime (1-0–1) in Game 4 Thursday night, clinching the Stars’ first victory in the Western Conference Finals.
- Pavelski recorded his power play goal for his 31st career power play goal in the playoffs, surpassing Mario Lemieux and tied Nicklas Lidstrom for the fifth-most power play goals in the playoffs in NHL history.
- The goal marked the 73rd goal of Pavelski’s playoff career, the highest total by any active NHL player.
- Pavelski shares fifth among active skaters with 138 career playoff points (73-65–138).
- The 38-year-old ranks second on the Stars with nine goals and third with 13 points (9-4–13) in 12 games in the 2023 postseason.
- Forward Jason Robertson scored twice (2-0–2) in Game 4 Thursday night for his first multi-goal performance of the 2023 postseason.
- Robertson leads the Stars with four goals in the Western Conference final and shares the lead among Stars skaters with five points (4-1–5).
- The 23-year-old has scored 10 points (4-6–10) in his last eight games and ranks second on the club with 17 points (6-11–17) in 17 games in the Cup Playoffs. Stanley 2023.
- Robertson finished the regular season tied for sixth in the NHL with 109 points (46-63–109), the most points in a season by a US-born player age 23 and younger and the total highest in a single player season. in the history of the Dallas Stars. He ranked seventh in the league with 46 goals.
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