Kraken vs Stars Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NHL Playoffs Game 1 (Power Play, Home Ice Give Edge to Dallas)

Seattle Kraken vs Dallas Stars prediction, odds and betting insights for NHL playoffs Game 1.
Seattle Kraken vs Dallas Stars prediction, odds and betting insights for NHL playoffs Game 1. / AP Photos/Jeff Roberson

The 2022-23 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continue on Tuesday, May 2 as the Seattle Kraken and Dallas Stars are set to play Game 1 of their second-round series.

Kraken vs Stars Game 1 Info

  • Series: Series tied 0-0
  • Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
  • Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: American Airlines Center -- Dallas, Texas
  • Coverage: ESPN

The Kraken advance to the second round for the first time in franchise history after eliminating the defending Stanley Cup Champions — the Colorado Avalanche — in six games. Meanwhile, the Stars made easy work of the Minnesota Wild, only needing five matchups to move on.

Dallas and Seattle clashed three times during the regular season, resulting in two victories for the Stars. Will history repeat itself in the postseason?

Kraken vs Stars Odds & Spread

  • All NHL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: SEA: (+140) | DAL: (-170)
  • Spread: SEA: +1.5 (-182) | DAL: -1.5 (+150)
  • Total: 5.5 -- Over: (-104) | Under: (-115)

The Stars enter this contest as home favorites on the spread and moneyline per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 5.5 goals with the Under being favored at -115 odds.

sign up now. Bet $5, Win $150 GUARANTEED!. dark

Kraken vs Stars Betting Trends

  • Seattle is 9-5 straight up in its last 14 games.
  • Dallas is 4-2 straight up in its last six games against Seattle.
  • The total has hit the Under in nine of Seattle's last 10 games.
  • The total has hit the Under in five of Dallas' last seven games.

Kraken vs Stars Prediction & Pick

Goaltending played a big role in the Kraken upsetting the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer was phenomenal to close out the series, playing to a 1.99 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in his last four starts. Having said that, Jake Oettinger has also been solid for Dallas, winning each of his last three appearances with a 1.00 GAA and .965 SV%, with one shutout.

The Stars, though, have the offensive advantage due to a lineup that boasts the likes of Jake Robertson, Roope Hintz, and Tyler Seguin. Their talent-rich lineup helped them go 7-of-19 (36.8%) on the power play in Round 1, whereas the Kraken are just 3-of-18 (16.7%) on the man advantage in the playoffs.

Dallas also has the advantages of playing on home ice and having two extra days of rest compared to Seattle. While I expect a competitive series, I see the Stars holding on for the win in the opening contest.

Final Score Prediction: Stars: 4 | Kraken: 2

Kraken vs Stars Best Bet

Although both sides received great goaltending last round, I'm siding with the Over on the 5.5-goal total. The Kraken and Stars have combined for more than 5.5 goals in four of their previous six meetings, which includes each of their three 2022-23 regular-season clashes.

I can easily see this being a one-goal game down to the final minutes before the Stars tally an empty-net goal, helping to surpass the total in the process.

Bet: Over 5.5 Total Goals (-104)

Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.