- What: Game 3 NHL Western Conference Round 1 Playoffs
- Who: Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild
- Date: Friday, April 21, 2023
- Location: Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: TBS, SN1, TVAS2, BSN, BSWIX, BSSW
The 2023 NHL Western Conference playoff series between the Dallas Stars and the Minnesota Wild heads north for Game 3, with the teams knotted at 1-1 after they split the first two games in Dallas. The Wild took Game 1 in a double overtime thriller, with Ryan Hartman putting the game away for Minnesota at 12:20 of the second overtime. Game 2 of the Western Conference series was close at the end of the first period, with Dallas leading 2-1. However, the home team broke things open in the second stanza, scoring four goals to their opponents two. The Stars finished the game with a 7-3 win. Before Tuesday night., the Wild had never allowed seven goals in a playoff game.
The Stars were a 21-13-7 road team in 2023, while the Wild went 25-12-4 at home.
Before we look at the betting breakdown for tonight’s 2023 NHL playoff matchup between the Dallas Stars and the Minnesota Wild, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.
Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild betting picks for Game 3
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Dallas Stars betting breakdown
The Dallas Stars lost a big piece of their offensive puzzle in Game 1 of their series against the Minnesota Wild when Joe Pavelski took a monster hit from Wild defenseman Matt Dumba. As a result of that hit, Pavelski missed Game 2 and he is not traveling with the team to Minnesota, so he is likely out until at least Game 5, as he is now in the NHL’s concussion protocol. Pavelski had 28 goals and 77 assists in 82 games during the 2023 NHL regular season.
Roope Hintz scored his first NHL playoff hat trick in Game 2. The 26-year-old leads the team in playoff goals with four and is tied for first in playoff scoring with Miro Heiskanen with five points. Evgenii Dadonov is second on the team in goals with two.
Jake Oettinger has started both Dallas games in net. He has a 2.37 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. He made 45 saves in the team’s 3-2 OT loss in Game 1 and 23 saves in Tuesday’s win.
The Stars have five power play goals in the 2023 playoffs and are operating at 45.5 percent. They have given up two power play goals.
Minnesota Wild betting breakdown
Filip Gustavsson had a good Game 1 in net for the Minnesota Wild. He made 51 saves in his playoff debut and helped the team to a 3-2 double overtime victory. Gustavsson had a 1.20 goals against average for that game and a .962 save percentage. On the other hand, Marc-Andre Fleury had an abysmal Game 2 for the Wild, giving up seven goals on 31 shots and finishing his start with a 7.00 goals against average and a save percentage of .774. If the team was up in the air about it’s goaltending before Game 2, it shouldn’t be going forward. Gustavsson might not have the experience of Fleury, but he played excellently in Game 1, and he finished the 2023 NHL regular season on a 6-1-4 run with a 2.21 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. He deserves to start Game 3 and keep that job unless he falters badly.
Gustav Nyquist leads the Wild in playoff scoring with three points. No player on the Wild has scored more than one goal in the first two games of their series against the Stars. That’s not a bad thing, the more players who can contribute offensively, the better when playoff time rolls around.
Minnesota has two power play goals in this series, and their penalty kill is operating at a 54.5 percent rate, which could be better.
Best bet for Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild game 3
Filip Gustavsson will be in net for the Wild in Game 3, and that will give the team the boost and confidence they need to win Game 3. The best bet is to pick the Wild to beat the Stars as the series moves to Minnesota for tonight’s game.
Pick: Minnesota Wild to beat Dallas Stars in Game 3 of their 2023 NHL Western Conference playoff series.
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