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DALLAS, TEXAS - DECEMBER 13: Malcolm Subban #30 of the Vegas Golden Knights blocks a shot on goal against Andrew Cogliano #11 of the Dallas Stars as William Karlsson #71 of the Vegas Golden Knights defends at American Airlines Center on December 13, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Vegas Golden Knights were playing their best hockey when the NHL season came to a sudden stop 4 1/2 months ago. The Dallas Stars were struggling. Both now have the same chance of being the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They also get a better chance to re-acclimate to playing. They are in a round-robin to determine the top four seeds, rather than having to jump right into a playoff series to resume the unprecedented coronavirus-interrupted season. Vegas won 11 of its last 13 games before the break. Dallas was winless in six games.