Stars vs. Avalanche Game 6 Prediction: Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated May 17, 2024

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche look to stay alive and force a seventh game as their second round Western Conference playoff series against the Dallas Stars shifts back to Denver for Game 6 on Friday.

Dallas
52-21-7-2
AT
May 17, 2024, 10:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
50-25-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -250
Moneyline -110
Over / Under o +6

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Puckline -1.5 +200
Moneyline -110
Over / Under u +6

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Dallas is looking to get into back-to-back conference finals after losing in the third round last spring. The NHL odds have Colorado as a slight -120 favourite, with the total set at 6.5. The puck drop on Game 6 is set for 10 p.m. ET.

Stars vs. Avalanche NHL Betting Odds

After the Stars held the Avs to one goal in back-to-back games, Colorado bounced back with five goals in Game 5, helping them hit the OVER for only the second time in the series after hitting on it in three of the four meetings in the regular season.

With the loss on Wednesday, Dallas has slipped from a -1600 favourite to win the series down to a still very heavy -385 to advance in the playoffs. That put the Avs to +300 to win the series which means they would have to beat the Stars three times in a row.

Dallas was the favourite to win the Stanley Cup before Game 5 and after the loss has slid behind Florida, paying out at +300. Colorado is a bit of a long shot for the Cup at +1400 with the third-longest odds. The NHL futures board lists Miro Heiskanen as a +140 favourite to lead the series in scoring. The rest of the list features Wyatt Johnston (+400), Tyler Seguin (+600), Logan Stankoven (+750) and Cale Makar (+800).

Dallas Stars

The Stars have opened the scoring in every game so far and Joe Pavelski’s first of the postseason got the offence rolling in Game 5. The first period ended in a tie before Miro Heiskanen’s (5th) goal on the power play put Dallas back ahead in the second. The Avs scored a power play goal of their own as a part of three consecutive goals, giving Colorado a 4-2 lead before the five-minute mark of the third. Logan Stankoven answered for the Stars, notching his third of the series and extending his point streak to three games. The comeback fell short though, as the Avalanche kept their series hopes alive with a 5-3 win.

The special teams battle has been a big difference-maker in this series, and the Stars lost it in Game 5. They only killed one of three penalties and scored on just one of four power plays. Dallas’ PK was 8-for-8 during their three wins in the series.

Forward Roope Hintz was out for Game 5 and is still listed as day-to-day, with coach Pete DeBoer keeping his status quiet before Friday’s game. In his absence, Radek Faksa drew into the lineup but is a far cry from what Hintz can produce offensively.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avs started from behind again in Game 5, but Artturi Lehkonen’s power play goal with just 0.6 seconds left in the first period tied the game at one and swung momentum in their favour. The power play marker was Colorado’s first goal with the man advantage since Game 1, snapping an 0-8 streak. Cale Makar tied it again late in the second with another power play goal.

Early in the third period, Casey Mittelstadt scored his second of the series and third of the postseason to give the Avalanche their first lead of the series, up 3-2. Colorado’s superstars would take over from there, with Makar scoring his second of the night and Nathan MacKinnon with his second of the series to seal the 5-3 victory.

With Valeri Nichushkin’s six-month suspension, Jonathan Drouin has been placed back into the top six and has been huge for the Avalanche in his return. He notched an assist in the win, giving him two points in two games, but even more impressively, he played over 24 minutes in Game 5, second amongst forwards behind just MacKinnon.

Colorado has fallen behind 3-1 in a series five times in franchise history and has never rallied back to win. After a horrible game in Game 4, the Avalanche looked determined to make a series out of this thing.

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