Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars Prediction, Preview, and Odds

A pair of teams looking to solidify their hold on playoff spots in the Western Conference lock up on the ice in the Lone Star State. The Edmonton Oilers are on the road as they make the trip to face the Dallas Stars Saturday afternoon. Edmonton comes in off a 6-3 road loss to St. Louis in their previous contest Thursday night. Dallas exploded offensively as they buried Nashville 9-2 on the road Thursday night in their previous game. In the last 10 meetings between the teams, each side has won five times, including one overtime triumph, with the Stars taking the first matchup this season, 4-3, on the road back on November 2, 2023.

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Edmonton Oilers Look to Regroup on the Road

Edmonton enters this game having alternated wins and losses in their last six games after getting doubled up by the Blues in the Gateway City Thursday night. The Oilers fell to 31-18-1 on the season and stand third in the Pacific Division, 17 points behind Vancouver for the top spot. They were three points ahead of the Kings for the final guaranteed playoff spot in the division entering Friday night. Edmonton comes into this one 4th in the league in goals per game as they average 3.50 goals per contest. The Oilers stand 11th in goals against as they allow 2.88 goals per night. Edmonton stands 3rd in power play success as they cash in 26.5% of their chances with the man advantage on the year. The Oilers are tied for 13th in penalty killing as they successfully get through 80.6% of their shorthanded situations on the year.

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— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 16, 2024

Against St. Louis, Edmonton’s previous hot goaltending struggled to do the job in the defensive end and it led to a loss. The Oilers held a 14-8 advantage in shots in the opening period and skated off with a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. After falling behind 1-0, Leon Draisaitl knotted the game with a power play goal, his 26th of the season, at 13:51 off assists from Connor McDavid and Evan Bouchard. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers a 2-1 advantage with his 15th of the year at 19:33 off assists from Zach Hyman and McDavid. In the second period, Edmonton was outshot 15-14 and outscored 4-0 to trail 5-2 after 40 minutes of action. The third period saw the Oilers with a 10-7 shot edge and both teams scored once, leaving the margin the same as time expired. Corey Perry made it a two-goal margin with his fifth of the year at 11:14 off assists from Brett Kulak and McDavid though that was as close as they would get. The Blues hit the empty net late to close the scoring. Stuart Skinner made 24 saves for Edmonton, who held a 38-30 advantage in shots, in the loss. Calvin Pickard is slated to get the start between the pipes here.

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Dallas Stars Rolling at the Moment

Dallas ran their mark to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games as they blasted Nashville on the road in their previous game Thursday night. The Stars entered Friday night 34-14-6 and stood atop the Central Division by four points over the sputtering Avalanche. Dallas stands 1st in the league in goals per game as they average 3.76 goals per contest on the year. The Stars stand 13th in the league in goals against as they allow an average of three goals a night this season. Dallas is 13th when it comes to success on the power play as they convert on 22.4% of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Stars are seventh in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 81.9% of their shorthanded situations on the year.

Thanks for payi- we mean playing! pic.twitter.com/4KdEWokMY2

— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 16, 2024

Against Nashville, the goals came early and often as they pulverized the Predators in the Music City. Dallas dominated the opening period, outshooting Nashville 18-1 and outscoring them 4-0 to take a commanding lead. Sam Steel opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season, unassisted, 35 seconds into the game. Matt Duchene made it a 2-0 game with his 20th goal of the year at 4:27 off an assist from Mason Marchment. Craig Smith extended to a 3-0 advantage with his seventh goal of the year at 12:31 off an assist from Steel. Wyatt Johnston gave Dallas a 4-0 advantage with his 16th goal of the year at 15:53 with assists going to Ty Dellandrea and Thomas Harley.

In the second period, Dallas was outshot 21-15 but outscored Nashville 3-2 to take a 7-2 lead at the second intermission. Miro Heiskanen made it a 5-0 game with his sixth goal of the year at 4:40 off assists from Johnston and Dellandrea. After Nashville got on the board, Tyler Seguin made it a 6-1 game with his 20th goal of the year, on the power play, at 10:51 off assists from Johnston and Marchment. The Predators got one back before Duchene tallied his second of the night and 21st of the year at 19:47 off assists from Seguin and Ryan Suter to make it a 7-2 game. In the third period, Dallas owned an 8-7 edge in shots and outscored Nashville 2-0 to seal the win. Dellandrea made it an 8-2 game with his second goal of the year at 3:50 off assists from Jason Robertson and Suter. Johnston closed the scoring with his second goal of the night and 17th of the year, on the power play, at 8:50 off an assist from Seguin. Jake Oettinger stopped 20 of 22 shots before getting removed after the second period with the team up big. Scott Wedgewood stopped all seven shots he faced in relief for the Stars, who owned a 41-29 advantage in shots on goal. Oettinger is expected to get the call in net again here.

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Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Edmonton was hot heading into the All-Star break but has been up and down since the second half of the season started. The Oilers have had problems keeping the puck out of their own net lately, surrendering 16 goals in their last three games and 22 in their five games since the All-Star break. They are just 1-3 in their four road games coming out of the break with the lone win in that stretch coming over a weak Anaheim squad. Dallas is hot at the moment, taking 17 of a possible 20 points in their last 10 games. That includes eight of 10 possible points coming out of the break and they have piled up 22 goals in those five contests. Oettinger has the advantage between the pipes over Pickard and the Stars are a solid 17-8-2 at home this season. Give the advantage to Dallas, especially with how dangerous they have been offensively the last couple of weeks.

Prediction: Dallas Stars -114

Full-Game Total Pick

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Edmonton enters this game having seen the under go 26-21-3 in their 50 games on the year. The Oilers have an average total of 6.38 goals per game this season though that number slips slightly to 6.31 goals per contest on the road this season. Dallas headed into Monday’s game having gone over the total in 34 of their 54 games on the year. The Stars have an average total of 6.76 goals per game this season and that number rockets to 7.52 goals per game at home this season. Both teams are dangerous offensively and as a result, the expectation is for a lot of firepower here. Look for this game to wind up over the total.

Prediction: Over 6.5

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