After an action-packed last few weeks, there’s only one notable game on the NHL and NBA postseason schedules on Monday, and it’s an exciting Game 7 between the Seattle Kraken and Dallas Stars.
Seattle pushed the best-of-seven series to a deciding Game 7 with a 6-3 home win over Dallas on Saturday. Can the Kraken defy the odds and knock off another Stanley Cup contender?
The Stars are big -220 favourites on the moneyline and the total is set at six goals on Monday night.
Kraken vs. Stars odds
|Kraken Moneyline Odds||+180|
|Stars Moneyline Odds||-220|
|Over/Under||6 goals (over +100, under -120)|
|Time/Date||Monday, May 15, 8:00 p.m. ET|
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Previous games in series
Hopefully, you’ve been betting the over in this series as all six games have soared over the posted 5.5-goal totals. These teams also played over the total in their three regular-season meetings this year. Seattle has been an underdog in every game of the series, so playing the Kraken on the moneyline has also been a very profitable play to this point.
|May 13, 2023 (Game 6)||Seattle||6-3 SEA (+135)||5.5 (over)|
|May 11, 2023 (Game 5)||Dallas||5-2 DAL (-190)||5.5 (over)|
|May 9, 2023 (Game 4)||Seattle||6-3 DAL (-153)||5.5 (over)|
|May 7, 2023 (Game 3)||Seattle||7-2 SEA (+136)||5.5 (over)|
|May 4, 2023 (Game 2)||Dallas||4-2 DAL (-215)||5.5 (over)|
|May 2, 2023 (Game 1)||Dallas||5-4 SEA OT (+184)||5.5 (over)|
About the Kraken (7-6 SU, 8-5 ATS, 7-6 o/u)
Don’t expect the Kraken to be timid in Game 7. They already defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche in a pivotal Game 7 in the first round, and they have momentum coming into this affair.
The Kraken improved to 2-0 in elimination games with their latest win over the Stars. Five different players scored in Game 6 and 11 recorded a point.
After ranking 25th in blocked shots during the regular season, Seattle is first in the playoffs with 240. You can find blocked shots props for both Adam Larsson (over 2.5 +130, under -180) and Jamie Oleksiak (over 2.5 -120, under -120) at bet365. You can bet these two defencemen will be putting their bodies on the line in this do-or-die contest.
Player to watch: Jared McCann
McCann appears to be rounding back into form after missing a handful of playoff games due to an undisclosed injury. The 40-goal scorer has a goal and an assist in three games in the series, and he’s averaging 3.6 shots per game over his last five. His line is 2.5 shots and you can grab the over at -160.
About the Stars (7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS, 8-3-1 o/u)
Stars head coach Peter DeBoer knows a thing or two about how to win a Game 7. The bench boss owns a perfect 6-0 career record in Game 7, the best in NHL history.
DeBoer can’t feel great about his goaltending situation entering this Game 7, though. Jake Oettinger was pulled from Game 6 and owns a brutal .865 save percentage in the series. He’s expected to be back between the pipes on Monday and the Stars’ Stanley Cup aspirations hinge on a bounceback performance from their elite goaltender.
Player to watch: Joe Pavelski
Pavelski is powering the Stars through the playoffs, leading the team with 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in just seven games. His eight goals have tied the NHL record for the most goals scored in a postseason by a player who is at least 38 years old.
Seattle: Philipp Grubauer (7-6, 3.05 GAA, .901 SV%) – confirmed.
Dallas: Jake Oettinger (7-5, 2.89 GAA, .900 SV%) – unconfirmed.
There are two notable injuries for the Kraken: Andre Burakovsky (lower body) is out indefinitely; Daniel Sprong (upper body) is questionable.
Dallas no injury concerns.
- The over is 9-0 in the past nine meetings.
- The home team is 4-1 in the past five meetings.
- The Stars are 5-0 in their last five games when allowing five goals or more in their previous contest.
Wagers to consider
- Kraken winger Tye Kartye has been an unexpected source of offence for the Kraken despite never playing in a regular-season game. The 22-year-old has three goals and two assists in nine playoff contests for Seattle, and is +400 to score in Game 7.
- Pavelski has points in three straight games and is averaging 1.6 in the series with Seattle. He’s +140 to score, +125 to record an assist, and -190 to record a point.
- Stars forward Jason Robertson scored 46 goals during the regular season, but he only has two this postseason. He’s been an assists machine lately, though, recording five helpers in the last three games of the series. He’s -150 to notch an assist in this one, a steep price to pay.