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Bet Stars to Bounce Back vs Oilers, McDavid in Game 2

After taking a double-minor penalty in overtime that could have cost his team the game, Connor McDavid came through with the game-winning goal in the second overtime as the Edmonton Oilers won Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The NHL odds have Dallas as the home favorite in Game 2.

The series opener marked the first time that Dallas and Edmonton have met in the playoffs since 2003. Dallas won two of the three matchups in the regular season and that includes a 5-0 victory in the most recent clash. Six of the previous seven games between the teams had gone over the total before that April 3 meeting fell under the 6 ½ -goal total.

Bet Stars to Bounce Back vs Oilers, McDavid in Game 2
Evander Kane #91 Of The Edmonton Oilers / Derek Cain / Getty Images North America / Getty Images Via Afp

The NHL betting line has Dallas priced at -135 to win Game 1 with the Stars at +185 to cover at -1½ on the puck line. Edmonton, which hasn’t been favored on the road against the Stars since 2015, has +115 odds to win the game outright.

The shortest odds in the series are +450 for either Dallas to win the series in six games or for the Oilers to win it in seven games. Dallas is priced at +165 to win the series while the Oilers are at -190 in the series odds.

When looking at the NHL championship odds, the odds for the Oilers to win the Stanley Cup have moved from +275 to +190 after the Game 1 win. Dallas’ championship odds went from +225 to +375.


Oilers vs Stars Game Information

  • Game: EOilers 50-27-6 (26-20-4 on the road) vs Stars 52-21-10 (29-13-7 at home)
  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 25, 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
  • Oilers vs Stars Live Stream: NHL.com


Oilers vs Stars Odds and Spreads



One-Goal Games are the Norm for the Oilers

Edmonton was in the middle of the pack in penalty killing during the regular season. However, it has been a different story in the playoffs.

The Oilers lead the Stanley Cup Playoffs by killing off 92.5% of the opposing power plays.

In the series opener, Dallas had five power plays to just one man-advantage for the Oilers.

Dallas got very little going in the three power plays during regulation.

It was a different story when McDavid headed to the penalty box after being called for a high-sticking penalty against Matt Duchene. The Stars had four shots on goal and a pair of shots by Jason Robertson hit either the post or the crossbar. That set the stage for McDavid to win the game just 32 seconds into the second overtime.


Stars Work Overtime Yet Again

Since Dallas took command of the series with the Colorado Avalanche with 4-1 and 5-1 wins on the road, the Stars have been engaged in some tight affairs that included back-to-back double-overtime games.

In the final two matchups of the series with Colorado, it was either tied or a one-goal game for 147:16 of the 151:42 time on ice.

Edmonton held a two-goal lead for less than two minutes in the series opener before Tyler Seguin scored the first of his two goals in the game.

Dallas has won five of its eight one-goal games in the playoffs after taking five of its last eight one-goal affairs in the regular season.

Thirteen of the last 18 games for the Stars went under the total.


Dallas has covered against the puck line just once in its last nine games as the favorite on home ice. Edmonton is 8-4 in its last 12 games as the road underdog.

Here are some numbers for those who bet online to consider as Dallas and Edmonton hit the ice after just one of four games that needed to head into a second overtime.

  • Six of the last nine games between the Oilers and the Stars went over the total.
  • Dallas is 53-27-8 as a favorite this season.
  • Edmonton is 4-5 as an underdog.
  • The Oilers are only 17-31 against the puck line on the road but Dallas has covered in just 15 of 49 home games.
  • The Stars have seen 29 games on home ice land over the total.
  • Ten of the last 14 home games for the Stars went under the total.


Oilers vs Stars Injury Update

Stars forward Roope Hintz is questionable for Game 2 while defensemen Jani Hakanpaa and Jared Rosburg are out. Edmonton looks to have everybody available.


What to Look for

Dallas won the series against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights after dropping the first two games at home. However, it would be tempting fate to follow that script again against Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and the high-scoring Edmonton Oilers.

Game 2 feels like a must-win game for the Stars, even though Dallas has won five of its first six road games in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Stars, who dropped a series opener for the seventh straight time, have won 10 of the last 16 home games against Edmonton.

Dallas only had to kill off one penalty in the series opener and considering that the Oilers are second in the 2024 playoffs by connecting on 36.6% of their power plays, that is a strategy that Dallas would like to see play out in Game 2.

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Oilers vs Stars Game 2 Prediction

Stars 3, Oilers 2



Questions of the Day

What happened the last time the Oilers and the Stars met in a playoff series?

Dallas won 4-2 in the first round of the 2003 Stanley Cup playoffs with the Stars winning two of its three games at home.

What are good player prop options for Game 2 of the Oilers-Stars series on May 25?

Evander Kane was tied for the team lead with four shots on goal for Edmonton in Game 1. He is priced at +134 to record a point in Game 2. It was a quiet Game 1 for Dallas forward Wyatt Johnston with no points and two shots on goal so take a look at the -124 odds for Johnston to have at least one point and +179 odds to score a goal.

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