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Golden Knights vs. Stars Game 6 Preview: Hill Starts in Net



Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone (Photo- Vegas Golden Knights via Twitter)

Vegas Golden coach Bruce Cassidy isn’t asking for perfection in Game 6, just something closer to it than he has witnessed recently.

‘We have another level. I believe that,” Cassidy said. “But you gotta do it. ”

After winning the first two games, the defending champion Golden Knights have lost three in a row. Vegas hasn’t been able to score more than two goals in any of the last three games.

Execution or lack thereof, particularly in the neutral zone, has been the story of the past three games.  Vegas needs Mark Stone and Tomas Hertl to find a higher level.

“That’s been our Achilles heel in this series — they have got more chances off our turnovers than we have gotten off their turnovers,” Cassidy said.

Consistency will rule Game 6, even as the Golden Knights’ Stanley Cup odds take a hit.

“We just haven’t done it long enough and well enough,” Cassidy said. “So that’s what’s in front of us.  We have to be more consistent for 60 minutes. Nobody plays a full 60 minute game. It doesn’t happen in this league, even in the playoffs We have to get closer to that. Get over the hump.”

Game Time

Monday: Vegas at Dallas, Game 5, Western Conference Quarterfinal, 4:30 PT

Where: T-Mobile Arena

TV/RADIO: TNT (National) and Scripps Sports (Local)/98.9 FM/1340 AM and 1460 AM

Time: 7 p.m. PT

Vegas Preview

Adin Hill was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate. He will start again in net…Pavel Dorofeyev will be scratched for Game 6. Keegan Kolesar is back in…Comparing Logan Thompson (2-2, 2.35 GAA and .921 save percentage) and Hill (0-1, 3.10, .880) in these playoffs… Tomas Hertl is minus-5 with one point in his five games…Jack Eichel has 33 career playoff points in 27 career playoff games. He’s the constant for Vegas in this series… William Karlsson took the morning skate for the first time in series…There will be no lucky tie or rabbit’s foot for Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy in Game 6. “I’m not a superstitious guy.”

Golden Knights lineup

Tomas Hertl — Jack Eichel — Jonathan Marchessault

Ivan Barbashev– Chandler Stephenson — Mark Stone

Brett Howden  –William Karlsson– Michael Amadio

William Carrier-Nicolas Roy — Keegan Kolesar


Alec Martinez — Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb — Shea Theodore

Noah Hanifin-Zach Whitecloud

Dallas Preview

Wyatt Johnson, 20, is leading the stars in points (six), shots on goal (21) and playing time among forwards (19:59 per game). Joe Pavelski, 39, doesn’t have a shot on goal in his past two games. He has no points, five shots in the first six games of this series. Pavelski had 14 points in 14 games in last year’s playoffs… Neither Mason Marchment and Radek Faksa have played since Game 2 in this series…Defenseman Miro Heiskanen has five points and he’s minus-6. He’s playing an average of 27-plus minutes per game.