Coach Rick Bowness is encouraged by the scoring chances the Dallas Stars had in their most recent game. Now they have to get some more of those pucks in the net. While Dallas scored only four goals combined in its three round-robin games among the Western Conference's top four seeds, the Calgary Flames averaged four goals per game while beating Winnipeg in four games to wrap up their best-of-five qualifying round series.
The top of the Western Conference features the defending Stanley Cup champion, a 2018 finalist with even more talent and an MVP front-runner. The Vegas Golden Knights earned the top seed in the West by winning all three of their games in a round-robin tournament against the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues. ''It's deep,'' Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said.
Neither top centre Tyler Seguin nor regular starting goaltender Ben Bishop played for Dallas in Sunday's 2-1 shootout win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues. Bishop hasn't played in a week. The three-time Vezina Trophy nominee stopped 28-of-32 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights to start the Western Conference's four-team seeding round before sitting out two games.