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Will Dallas or Edmonton Steal Game 3? Betting Preview & Strategies for a Pivotal Stanley Cup Showdown

The Edmonton Oilers could be a good bet as the favorite in the NHL odds when they host the Dallas Stars for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.

The Oilers took Game 1 in overtime and were the better team for much of the first two periods with a 24-15 edge in shots on Saturday before suffering a 3-1 setback. Edmonton is 32-10-5 at home this season.

Can the Oilers Take Control at Home? Betting on Edmonton to Grab Series Lead vs Dallas in Game 3
Can the Oilers Take Control at Home? Are you betting on Edmonton to Grab Series Lead vs Dallas in Game 3. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPCan the Oilers Take Control at Home? Are you betting on Edmonton to Grab Series Lead vs Dallas in Game 3. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Mason Marchment scored the winner 3:41 into the third period for Dallas, which has been very comfortable on the road in the playoffs (5-1). The Stars won the only meeting between the two teams in Edmonton this season 4-3 back on Nov. 2.

Will Dallas or Edmonton Steal Game 3? Betting Preview & Strategies for a Pivotal Stanley Cup Showdown

However, the Oilers seem primed to give the home fans more entertainment than a Bruce Springsteen concert as they try to boss the Stars around. Edmonton’s lethal power play is due after going 0-for-3 in the series and 1-for-13 over the past five games.

The hockey odds are dead even at -110 to win the series.

Stars vs Oilers Game Information

  • Game: Dallas Stars (1-1) vs Edmonton Oilers (1-1)
  • Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alb.
  • Day/Time: Monday, May 27, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Live Streaming: TNT, Max

Bet McDavid And Draisaitl Rebound

For the first time in the playoffs, Leon Draisaitl and Hart Trophy finalist Connor McDavid were kept off the scoresheet Saturday by the Stars, who limited the superstars to three shots combined.

Draisaitl leads the league with 24 points in the postseason – at least one in the first 13 games before Saturday. McDavid said the Oilers had a big opportunity in Game 2, but just didn’t capitalize. Fourth-liner Connor Brown had the only goal for Edmonton.

Evan Bouchard, who leads all defensemen with 21 points in the playoffs, also had three shots for the Oilers after setting up McDavid’s winner in Game 1. The 24-year-old had 47 of his 82 points in the regular season at home and 14 in six outings at Rogers Place in the playoffs.

“We’re back in our barn. I’m sure our fans are excited,” Edmonton defenseman Mattias Ekholm told reporters. “. … We got in here, we got our split. We feel good about that. Now it’s time to raise our level when we get home and dictate the game.”

  • Under bettors are 5-0-1 at the sportsbook in the last six Edmonton contests.
  • Edmonton goalie Stuart Skinner has a .921 save percentage in four games since being benched.
  • Dallas forward Tyler Seguin has scored five goals in his last seven games.
  • The Oilers covered the third period puck line in 29 of their last 46 outings on home ice.
  • The Stars have hit the moneyline in 32 of their past 48 road contests.

 

Benn Taking Lead Role For Stars

Captain Jamie Benn registered the first goal in Game 2 and helped set up the clinching empty-net tally by defenseman Esa Lindell.

Benn has four goals and seven assists in the playoffs, but he has been so much more than points for Dallas.

“I think he’s found another level for us. He’s been great,” Stars coach Peter DeBoer told reporters of Benn. “He’s been a beast out there every series we’ve been in. He’s changed the momentum of each of the series in different ways.”

Benn is +300 to score in Game 4 and +359 to post back-to-back two-point games. The veteran boasts 73 points in 98 career postseason games.

Time For Over To Cash?

There is so much offensive talent on the ice, but both teams have seemed to find the formula to keep the scores down.

Dallas was third in the league in scoring during the regular season and Edmonton fourth. They combined for 7.15 goals per game. But the under is 2-0 in the series and 3-0 in the last three meetings.

Skinner has found his game for Edmonton and Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger continues to shine with a .922 save percentage in the playoffs. Oettinger came into the series as the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (+450).

No matter how good the goalies are playing, the NHL prediction is that the dam could break at any point and 5 ½ is not a difficult number to beat.

 

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