Oilers vs. Stars Game 2 Prediction: Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 24, 2024

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars

The Edmonton Oilers struck first in the Western Conference Final and now sit as -190 series favourites over the Dallas Stars.

Edmonton
49-27-5-1
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May 25, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
American Airlines Center
Dallas
52-21-7-2
Puckline +1.5 -225
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +5.5

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Puckline -1.5 +180
Moneyline -135
Over / Under u +5.5

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If Thursday’s Game 1 of the Western Conference Final between the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars was any indication, this will be a long series. For the second game in a row, Dallas played to double overtime, but it was the Oilers who came out on top early in the second extra period with a 3-2 victory. The Stars desperately need a win at home in Game 2 on Saturday before the series shifts to Edmonton for Games 3 and 4.

Dallas opened as a slim -130 favourite to win Game 2, while the total is set at 6.0 on the NHL odds.

Oilers vs. Stars NHL Betting Odds

Dating back to the regular season, Thursday’s Game 1 was the third of four games between the teams this year to be decided by a single goal and the second to go to overtime. The Over/Under split evenly in those games, with the first two totalling seven goals and the second two totalling five.

The series line flipped following Game 1. The Oilers now sit as -190 series favourites after beginning at +105. Now’s the time to grab the Stars on the series line if you’re still a believer as they went from-125 before Game 1 to +155 heading into Game 2. The favoured exact series result is Edmonton in six games at +375 and the biggest long shot is Dallas in five at +1000.

If you’re looking for something on the NHL futures board, the Oilers are +200 to win the Stanley Cup and the Stars are+400. Edmonton’s Connor McDavid is the Conn Smythe favourite at+400, while Dallas goaltender Jake Oettinger is +750.

Edmonton Oilers

Game 1 almost had a very different ending with McDavid taking a four-minute high sticking penalty 17 seconds into overtime. Edmonton successfully killed the penalty, however, and McDavid scored his third goal of playoffs 32 seconds in the second overtime. Zach Hyman tallied his playoff-leading 12th goal in the second period a few minutes after Leon Draisaitl, who has a point in all 13 Oilers playoff games, opened the scoring. Stuart Skinner stopped 31 of 35 shots faced in net, improving to 8-3 in the playoffs with a 2.70 goals-against average and .888 save percentage.

Edmonton’s red hot power play, which is clicking at a 36.6 per cent success rate in the playoffs, was cooled off with an 0-for-1 performance in Game 1. Special teams was always going to be a big battle in this series as the Oilers entered Game 1 with both the top power play and penalty kill (92.5 per cent) units in the playoffs. Another key to the series is Edmonton’s elite offence, which currently boasts the top four postseason scorers in Draisaitl (25 points), McDavid (23), Evan Bouchard (21) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (17).

Dallas Stars

The Stars looked like the better team in the opening period on Thursday, but they were outmatched as the game went on. Tyler Seguin scored both Dallas goals and Jason Robertson notched an assist to tie him with Miro Heiskanen for the team scoring lead with 13 points each. Oettinger looked solid, making 35 saves on 38 shots, but fell to 8-6 in the playoffs with a 2.10 GAA and .919 SV. The Stars clearly lost the special teams battle in Game 1 after going scoreless on five power play opportunities, including the crucial McDavid double-minor to start overtime. Improving the power play has to be a focus in Game 2.

The big thing to monitor for Dallas ahead of Saturday is the status of centre Roope Hintz, who hasn’t played since suffering an undisclosed injury against Colorado in Game 3 of the second round. Hintz, who has six points in 11 games this postseason, hit the 30-goal mark in the regular season for the third straight year. It’s believed Hintz could be dealing with a hand injury, but he remains a possibility for Game 2.

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