- What: Game 7 NHL Western Conference Round 2 Playoffs
- Who: Seattle Kraken vs. Dallas Stars
- Date: Monday, May 15, 2023
- Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
- Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: ESPN, SN, TVAS
The Seattle Kraken didn’t just stave off elimination on Saturday against the Dallas Stars, no, Seattle chased Dallas’s starting goaltender Jake Oettinger from the crease and rang up six goals on their way to a 6-3 home victory over the Stars. The Kraken victory, in front of a boisterous home crowd at Climate Pledge Arena, tied the 2023 NHL Western Conference Playoff series between the Kraken and Stars at three games a piece. Tonight, Seattle and Dallas settle the series at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The winner of Game 7 moves on to the Western Conference Finals.
The 2023 NHL Western Conference semifinal series between the Stars and the Kraken started with Seattle jumping to a 2-1 series lead in the first three games. However, Dallas bounced back from that deficit to win Games 4 and 5, by scores of 6-3 and 5-2. Seattle pulled even in Game 6 with a stellar team performance.
Before we look at the betting breakdown for Game 7 of the Western Conference NHL playoff series between the Seattle Kraken and the Dallas Stars, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.
Seattle Kraken vs. Dallas Stars betting picks for Game 7
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Seattle Kraken betting breakdown
Tonight, the Seattle Kraken head to their second straight Game 7 of the 2023 NHL playoffs. In the team’s Round 1 series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, the Kraken lost in their bid to eliminate the Avalanche in Game 6 by a score of 4-1. However, the team rebounded in Game 7, putting Colorado away 2-1. Seattle looks to win a second Game 7 against the Dallas Stars.
The Kraken play a fantastic brand of team hockey. They don’t rely on just one player to get things done for them, making them a dangerous and deep team to play against. If there is a knock against the team heading into Game 7, it’s that they are the worst active team in the NHL playoffs on the power play, clicking at a rate of just 14.7 percent with the man advantage.
Seattle’s team leader in points is Yanni Gourde with 12, while Jordan Eberle is tops on the club in goals with six. Eighteen Kraken players have at least one goal during the 2023 postseason. The only playoff regular on the Seattle roster without a goal in either series is Ryan Donato, who has two assists.
Seattle goalie Phillip Grubauer has been good enough to keep the Kraken in the games against the Stars, but his numbers are a bit worrying, as he has allowed more than three or more goals in five of the six games in this series.
Dallas Stars betting breakdown
Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger had an outstanding opening round in net for the Dallas Stars. At the end of the Stars’ series against the Minnesota Wild, which lasted six games, Oettinger was among the top three goaltenders in the league in both goals against average (2.01) and save percentage (.929). However, his numbers have ballooned since the opening game against the Kraken. Dallas pulled Oettinger in Game 3 after he allowed five goals on 17 shots. On Saturday, Oettinger was pulled again after Seattle scored four goals on 18 shots. After he was pulled in Game 3, Oettinger rebounded for the Game 4 win. However, he allowed three goals on 19 shots in that game.
Roope Hintz, who had 75 points during the regular season, is the team leader in points (18) and goals (8) for the Stars. Joe Pavelski, who missed all but one game of the Wild series, has eight goals in this series. He has scored at least one goal in each of the last three games after netting four in the series opener.
Best bets for Game 7 between Seattle Kraken and Dallas Stars
The first bet to consider in this game is the over. With the way these two teams have been putting the puck in the net during this series, it will not be a surprise if the Kraken and Stars combine for more than 5.5 goals. As for the outcome of Game 7 between the Seattle Kraken and Dallas Stars, this is a tough pick. Both goalies have struggled. Dallas has the more talented players. Seattle has the more balanced goal scoring. This game will likely come down to experience. With that, I’m picking the Dallas Stars to beat the Seattle Kraken and move on to the 2023 NHL Western Conference Finals.
Pick: Dallas Stars to beat Seattle Kraken in Game 7 of the 2023 NHL Western Conference playoff semifinals.
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