Avalanche vs. Stars Game 5 Prediction: Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated May 14, 2024

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche are on the ropes as as the Stars take a 3-1 series lead back to Dallas for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Colorado
50-25-5-2
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May 15, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
American Airlines Center
Dallas
52-21-7-2
Puckline +1.5 -200
Moneyline +125
Over / Under o +6

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Betting Action

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Puckline -1.5 +165
Moneyline -150
Over / Under u +6

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Betting Action

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Colorado received news just before puck drop ahead of Game 4 on Monday that two of their top players would not be suiting up in the eventual 5-1 loss on home ice. Dallas took full advantage of the disgruntled group and pushed them to the brink of elimination.

The NHL odds for Game 5 have the Stars as -143 favourites at home on Wednesday with the total set at 6.5. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Avalanche vs. Stars NHL Betting Odds

This series has now hit the UNDER in back-to-back games as the Stars have stifled the Avalanche for just a single goal in each of the last two games. The NHL futures board has swung nearly completely in Dallas’ favour, listing them as the favourite to win the Stanley Cup at +225 and -1600 favourites to pull off the win in this series. Wyatt Johnston (+165), Tyler Seguin (+225) and Miro Heiskanen (+350) have all scored three in this series and are leading the charge as the favourites to be the top goal scorers. Johnston leads the team with seven goals this postseason.

The OVER/UNDER on total games in this series is set at 6.5 with the UNDER favoured -344. If you asked fans at the beginning of the series how many this one would go, most would have said the series had seven games written all over it. That response likely changed drastically after Monday night’s game.

Colorado Avalanche

After being the best home team in the league this season and dropping Game 3 at home, the Avalanche were ready to rally back in Game 4. Little did they know that just hours before puck drop, they would lose two huge pieces of their team. On the lighter side, Devon Toews missed the game due to an illness and was replaced with Caleb Jones. The darker news was that the team’s leading goal scorer, Valeri Nichushkin, was placed in the player’s assistance program for the second time in this season after failing a drug test. That has resulted in a six-month suspension.

Forward Jonathan Drouin made his playoff debut, replacing Nichushkin in the lineup. After a bounce-back season, Drouin continued his solid play, picking up an assist on the team’s only goal. Casey Mittelstadt scored the lone marker, his second of the postseason and eighth point.

After a solid Game 3, Alexandar Georgiev allowed four goals on Monday and will need to be lights out on the road if the team has a chance. His .891 save percentage needs a significant jump.

Dallas Stars

A day before his 21st birthday, Wyatt Johnston stole the show with his three-point performance in Game 4. He opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the final five minutes of the first period and followed that up with a power play marker early in the second to put the Stars up 2-0. Defenceman Miro Heiskanen scored his third of the series just minutes later, increasing his point streak to four games. He would add two assists in the game to bring him to a team-leading 12 points in the postseason.

With the possibility of the hat trick on his stick, Johnston offloaded the puck to Sam Steel, who would seal the deal for Dallas, throwing his first of the playoffs into the empty net.

The only downside for the Stars in this one was the possibility of losing two big pieces due to injuries. Forward Roope Hintz left with an upper-body injury late in the first period, did not return and will need further testing before Game 5. He has two goals and six points so far this postseason. Defenceman Chris Tanev also went down after taking a hit in the third period. The rugged veteran has blocked 41 shots (second most) through 11 games paired with a single assist.

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