NHL Betting Preview (May 25): Stars vs. Oilers Game 2 Predictions

Tyler Seguin #91 of the Dallas Stars shoots past Evan Bouchard #2 of the Edmonton Oilers during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference Final of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 23, 2024 in Dallas, Texas.

On Thursday, the Edmonton Oilers got off to a fantastic start in the 2024 Western Conference Finals, winning in dramatic overtime fashion and stealing home ice away from the Dallas Stars. But the work is far from done – they need three more wins to advance. They’ll focus on just one for now, as they return to American Airlines Center for tonight’s Game 2.

Bet on Stars vs. Oilers GM 2

EDM +120
DAL -139

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The moneyline favourites are the Stars, coming in between -135 and -143.

Stars vs. Oilers Best Odds

Stars Moneyline Odds-135 @ Sports Interaction
Oilers Moneyline Odds+123 @ Pinnacle
Puckline oddsOilers +1.5 (-210) @ Bet99
Stars -1.5 (+191) @ Pinnacle
Series oddsOilers -190, Stars +160 @ Bet365
Total Over 6.0 goals (+105) @ Pinnacle
Under 6.0 goals (-118) @ Pinnacle
Time/DateMay 25, 8:00 p.m. ET
TVBroadcast: CBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Stream: Sportsnet+
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Last Matchup

The pendulum swung a couple of times in Game 1, with the Oilers asserting themselves early in the second period. Leon Draisaitl continued his run of dominance with his ninth goal of the playoffs in the opening minute of the frame, and Zach Hyman followed him a little over three minutes later. The multi-goal lead didn’t last long, however, as Tyler Seguin halved the gap two minutes after Hyman’s tally.

Seguin returned to haunt the Oilers with three minutes remaining in regulation, scoring his second goal of the game to tie it up. After a scoreless first overtime, Connor McDavid sent the Oilers back to their hotels happy with his third goal of the playoffs, securing the win.

Betting Dallas Stars (8-6 SU, 5-9 ATS, 5-9 o/u)

The Stars are feeling the heat now, having fumbled home-ice advantage at a crucial time. Giving up the back-to-back goals to start off the game was a hole that they were able to patch but never fully push past, and not converting on the powerplay also came back to haunt them.

Still, there was reason to be positive for the Stars. Tyler Seguin was fantastic, combining two goals with excellence at the faceoff dot and about two-thirds controls of the shot quality. Jake Oettinger put up a great performance in goal, stopping 35 of 38. Not to mention, losing Game 1 hasn’t been a problem for the Stars this far – they fell behind against both Vegas and Colorado. If there’s a team that can shake this off, it’s them.

Betting Edmonton Oilers (9-4 SU, 4-9 ATS, 7-6 o/u)

Overtime was nearly a nightmare scenario for its hero. Connor McDavid eventually rose to the moment in the fifth period, but not before taking a crucial penalty at the start of the first overtime, high-sticking Matt Duchene seventeen seconds in. McDavid received a double minor and could only watch with dread from the box.

“It was long. Really long. Really, really long,” McDavid said after the game “Miserable. I hated every second of it. But the guys did an amazing job. The penalty kill has just been amazing.” Edmonton’s penalty kill ranks first in these playoffs with a 92.5% success rate, with no moment bigger than Thursday’s.

McDavid also missed out on a breakaway attempt against Jake Oettinger later in the first overtime, sparking fears that he wouldn’t get it done. But it’s hard to discount the best player on the planet. Even in a run where he feels like he’s producing less than he can, his 1.77 points per game thus far rank fourth in the salary cap era among playoff runs lasting more than five games. Above him? Leon Draisaitl, Leon Draisaitl again, and himself.

Projected Stars vs. Oilers Lines

Today’s Dallas Stars LinesToday’s Edmonton Oilers Lines
Jason Robertson – Wyatt Johnson – Logan Stankoven
Mason Marchment – Matt Duchene – Joe Pavelski
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Evgenii Dadonov
Radek Faksa – Sam Steel – Craig Smith

Thomas Harley – Miro Heiskanen
Esa Lindell – Chris Tanev
Ryan Suter – Alex Petrovic

Starting In Goal
Jake Oettinger
PO: 8-5-1, 2.10 GAA, 0.919 SV%
Season: 35-14-4, 2.72 GAA, 0.905 SV%
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Connor McDavid – Zach Hyman
Dylan Holloway – Leon Draisaitl – Evander Kane
Warren Foegele – Ryan McLeod – Derek Ryan
Mattias Janmark – Sam Carrick – Connor Brown

Mattias Ekholm – Evan Bouchard
Darnell Nurse – Vincent Desharnais
Brett Kulak – Cody Ceci

Starting In Goal
Stuart Skinner
PO: 8-2-1, 2.70 GAA, 0.888 SV%
Season: 36-16-5, 2.62 GAA, 0.905 SV%

As of this moment, neither team has given up much in terms of their lineup changes. The Stars have said that Roope Hintz is a game-time decision, which could provide a big jolt to their forward group.

Jason Robertson to score a goal


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Stars vs. Oilers Injury Concerns

According to Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch, Adam Henrique is “98%” – healthy enough to play but would benefit from just a bit more rest.

The Stars are still without Jani Hakanpaa and Roope Hintz, though the latter might draw in tonight.

  • The Oilers and Stars have split their last ten games between each other, dating back to November 2021. The puckline is also a 5-5 split in that time, and the total goals line has leaned towards the over, with six overs and four unders.
  • Edmonton is 7-3 in their last ten games but are just 2-8 against the puckline. They’ve cleared the total goals line four times in nine games.
  • Dallas is 6-4 in their last ten, with a 4-6 record against the puckline. They’ve had seven unders and three overs on total goals in that stretch.
  • Leon Draisaitl leads the Oilers with eighteen points in their last ten games. He shares the goals lead with Zach Hyman (6) and the assists lead with Connor McDavid (12). Hyman leads the team in shots on goal in that time with 39.
  • Evan Bouchard has been a weapon on the blue line, putting up five goals, eleven assists, and 32 shots on goal in Edmonton’s last ten games.
  • Tyler Seguin’s efforts in Game 1 make him Dallas’ highest scorer in their last ten games, with a team-leading five goals, eight points, and 34 shots on goal. Jason Robertson leads the team in assists with eight.

Stars vs. Oilers Predictions

  • It’s McDrai until it’s not right now. For McDavid, your best value on 2+ points is on Sports Interaction at +110, and your best value for a goal is +170 on FanDuel.
  • For Draisaitl, the best value for a goal is +150 on FanDuel, and the best value on two points is on theScore Bet at +135.
  • On the Dallas side, I like Jason Robertson to light the lamp. He’s been a little light on the goals side lately and that feels bound to change. You can find him for a goal on bet99 at +250.

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