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Stars vs Wild Game 6 Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Minnesota Hoping to Force Game 7

Dallas One Win From Second Round

This has been a strange playoff series with two one-goal games, including the series opener needing two overtimes and three games finishing as four-goal victories.

The Minnesota Wild outshot the Dallas Stars 61-49 over the last two games and came out on the wrong side of the scoreboard each time.

Stars vs Wild Game 6 Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
Stars vs Wild Game 6 Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

The Stars already have one win in Minnesota, and another one on Friday night would send the Stars into the second round while Minnesota is looking to send the series to a seventh game.

The team scoring first has won each of the first five games in the series and that is something to keep in mind for those making NHL picks. If you’re live betting, that’s a stat to keep in mind.

When looking at some of the NHL news, center Joe Pavelski is listed as a game-time decision according to Dallas coach Pete DeBoer. Pavelski hasn’t played since the series opener after suffering a concussion on a hit by Minnesota defenseman Matthew Dumba.

For the Wild, center Joel Eriksson Ek is questionable. He returned for Game 3 but lasted just 19 seconds before having to leave the ice. He did not play in Games 4 and 5 after missing the first two games of the series. Minnesota is already without forward Mason Shaw due to a season-ending knee injury.

According to the NHL playoff odds, Dallas moved from +1800 to +1200 in the odds to win the Stanley Cup title after the Game 5 win. Minnesota’s championship odds went from +2800 to +5000.

Power Surge for Stars

The 5-on-5 play has been a little inconsistent at times for the Dallas Stars in the last two games. However, the power play has been clicking.

Both of Tyler Seguin’s goals in Game 4 came on the power play. Seguin scored again with the man advantage in Game 5 and so did Jason Robertson as the Stars took a two-goal lead in the first period and were never threatened the rest of the way.

— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 26, 2023

Dallas leads all playoff teams with nine goals on the power play and that has been accomplished while playing most of the series without Pavelski, who was tied for the team lead with 13 power-play goals during the regular season.

The Las Vegas NHL odds total has gone under in four of the last six games played by the Stars.

Quiet Series for Kaprizov

If the Minnesota Wild wants to continue its season, getting more production from two-time 40-goal scorer Kirill Kaprizov would be a nice place to start.

Kaprizov had seven goals in six games in Minnesota’s only playoff series last season. However, through five games in this series, he only has one goal and no assists, and also has 12 penalty minutes.

Kaprizov’s only goal came on the power play and five of his 14 shots have come with the man advantage.

One combined goal between Kaprizov and Matt Boldy is not good enough after they combined for 71 goals during the regular season.

The game finished over the NHL betting lines total in eight of the last 12 games when Minnesota is listed as the favorite.

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Stars vs Wild Head-to-Head

Six of the last eight games between Minnesota and Dallas have finished under the total and that includes Games 4 and 5. This is the eighth meeting in a row that the total is set at 5½ goals.

There is no middle ground when the Stars and Wild square off. Over the last 10 games, five were decided by one goal and the other five by an average of 3.6 goals.

Minnesota has won five of the last seven home games against Dallas, with six of the last eight being decided by at least three goals.

Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Hartman, Marcus Johansson, and Frederick Gaudreau are tied for the team lead with two goals for Minnesota. For the Stars, Roope Hintz has four goals and seven assists, Seguin has scored four times and defenseman Miro Heiskanen has seven assists.

Stars vs Wild Game Information

  • Game: Stars (47-21-14 regular season) vs Wild (46-25-11)
  • Location: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  • Day/Time: Friday, April 28, 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Stars vs Wild Live Stream: NHL.TV

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Stars vs Wild Picks and Prediction

Minnesota certainly was physical enough in Game 5, outhitting Dallas 34-17. That was also a sign that the Wild were chasing the play a little too often. That style also resulted in Dallas having twice as many power plays as Minnesota. That is not a recipe for success.

The Wild had seven of the 11 goals in two games played in Minnesota, only to split the games, and now the Wild trails in the series for the first time. Minnesota has lost its last seven playoff series and a loss on Friday would run the streak to eight. Only one of those series went the distance.

While it is clear that Jake Oettinger will be in goal for Dallas, will Minnesota coach Dean Evason turn to veteran Marc-Andre Fleury with the series on the line or stick with Filip Gustavsson. He has a 2.01 goals-against average and .928 save percentage so he hasn’t been the issue for the Wild.

When making NHL predictions, keep in mind that Dallas is 27-16 against the spread on the road while Minnesota has covered against the NHL betting lines in only 13 of its 43 home games.

Minnesota is 38-19-6 when listed as the favorite by the NHL odds with Dallas 10-12-5 as the underdog.

The Minnesota Wild is listed at -115 in our Las Vegas hockey odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Wild, you have a chance to win $87. Dallas is -105, offering a chance to win $95 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Minnesota Wild a 53.49% chance to win, with the Dallas Stars at 51.22%.


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