The Seattle Kraken meet the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinals playoff series Monday. The series is tied 3-3. Puck drop at American Airlines Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (ESPN).
The Kraken dominated the Stars 6-3 Saturday in Game 6 to force a Game 7 in this thrilling series. RW Jordan Eberle scored twice as the Kraken forced Stars G Jake Oettinger to the bench. The series shifts back to Dallas where the Stars have won the last 2 after dropping Game 1 in overtime.
C Joe Pavelski scored his 8th goal of the postseason in Game 6 as the 38-year-old continues to lead the team offensively. LW Jason Robertson, who scored 46 goals in the regular season, has not scored in this series and has just 2 goals in 12 playoff games. That threat is always looming.
Kraken at Stars odds
- Moneyline (ML): Kraken +170 (bet $100 to win $170) | Stars -210 (bet $210 to win $100)
- Puck line (PL)/Against the spread (ATS): Kraken +1.5 (-155) | Stars -1.5 (+125)
- Over/Under (O/U): 6 (O: +100 | U: -120)
Kraken at Stars projected goalies
Philipp Grubauer (17-14-4, 2.85 GAA, .895 SV%, 0 SO – regular season) vs. Jake Oettinger (37-11-11, 2.37 GAA, .919 SV%, 5 SO – regular season)
Grubauer was just good enough in Game 6, stopping 20 of 23 shots. After standing on his head to eliminate Colorado, he has been more susceptible this round, allowing 3 goals or more in 5 of 6 games.
Oettinger was pulled 24:23 into Game 6, which marked the shortest start of his career. He stopped 14 of 18 shots as Seattle’s pressure was relentless. Otter has been great at home in the series, stopping 93 of 102 shots in 3 games. He’s also 21-1-3 this season following a loss.
Kraken at Stars picks and predictions
Stars 4, Kraken 3
It was 365 days ago that Dallas lost in Game 7 to the Calgary Flames 3-2 in overtime. Oettinger made a franchise-record 64 saves in the loss. He and the team are likely aware of that and will feed off of that with a trip to the Western Conference Finals up for grabs.
That said, we’re not going to pay -210 when Seattle has a puncher’s chance. Head to the Win/Total section and take STARS TO WIN AND OVER 4.5 GOALS (-110).
Puck line/Against the spread
There isn’t enough of a bite of the apple to risk the puck line here. Game 7 is a different animal, and it should be close. So let’s look to the trend in the 2nd period. The teams have scored 21 goals in the 2nd frame over the last 5 games.
The books have not countered and left a door open. Take OVER 2 SECOND PERIOD GOALS (+110) with a decent chance at a push with plus-money upside.
The Over has cashed in 9 straight games between the teams, including the last 4 meetings in Dallas and all 6 games in this series. Sure, this could be a 2-1 thriller, but we haven’t seen anything close to that between the pipes in the series.
Take the OVER 6 (+100).