The Seattle Kraken and Dallas Stars meet Thursday in game 2 of the NHL West Second Round Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Seattle Kraken are averaging 2.88 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads Seattle with 3 goals, Yanni Gourde has 5 assists, and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Seattle Kraken are allowing 2.88 goals per game and are killing 90 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Philipp Grubauer has given up 21 goals on 266 shots faced.
The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.57 goals per game and are scoring on 34.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Roope Hintz leads Dallas with 5 goals, Miro Heiskanen has 7 assists and Jason Robertson has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.71 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Oettinger has allowed 18 goals on 227 shots faced.
The Kraken are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Stars are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 10-3 in their last 13 overall. The under is 9-2 in Kraken last 11 overall. The under is 7-2-1 in Stars last 10 home games. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Dallas Stars should be favored to bounce back on their home ice, however, the Kraken continue to get these steep underdog prices and find ways to win. A $100 bettor is up over $300 betting the Kraken in their last 2 games, and that doesn't include game 1 against the Avs where Seattle won as +185 underdogs. The Kraken have won 4 of their last 5 games as underdogs. Also, these teams are pretty even judging by past matches, as 3 of the last 4 games since March 11 have gone to overtime. Give me the plus money.