The Stars are struggling on the road www.corsexe.com/jon-merrill-c-1_13.html at 3-8-1 and the Golden Knights are soaring at home at 9-1-0. Dallas needs to fix its road woes soon with eight of the next 11 away from home. This also is a good chance to take a look at Vegas, which is off to the best start for any expansions team in NHL history.
There was a time when those two were supposed to lead the Stars for decades, but Neal was traded to get Alex Goligoski, and he has now landed in Vegas (after stops in Pittsburgh and Nashville) and is one of their top goal scorers. Neal has 12 goals and 7 assists for 19 points, including both goals in a 2-1 win over Dallas on opening night, while Benn has 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points. In 19 career games against the Stars, Neal has 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists).
That's the scoring average for the Golden Knights, third best in the NHL. Vegas has 10 players with 10 or more points (the Stars have six). Former Stars players James Neal (19 points), Reilly Smith (19 points) and Cody Eakin (10 points) are a big part of the success
Dallas beat Calgary, 6-4, on Friday, and is 12-10-1, 3-8-1 on the road.
Vegas won 4-2 at Arizona Saturday and is on a five-game winning streak. The Golden Knights are 15-6-1, 9-1-0 at home
Ben Bishop is expected to start for Dallas. He is 10-7-0 with a 2.76 GAA and .907 save percentage.
The Stars lost to Vegas on opening night in Dallas, 2-1.Marc-Andre Fleury had 45 saves for the Golden Knights.
Defenseman Marc Methot is out for 4-6 weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery.
Stars defenseman Stephen Johns left the game Friday after a collision with the boards, but is expected to return tonight.
Vegas ranks third in goal differential at plus-0.73.
Dallas ranks sixth in power play success at 23.9 percent. Vegas is 19th on the penalty kill at 78.9 percent.
Stars forward Alexander Radulov as 18 www.goldenknightsprosale.com/mikhail-grabovski-c-1_37.html points (7 goals, 11 assists) in the past 14 games.
Golden Knights forward William Karlsson has goals in five straight games.
Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault was named the NHL's First Star of the Week Monday after tallying 3 goals and 6 assists in three games.
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