Wild vs Stars Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NHL Playoffs Game 2 (Dallas Evens Series in Low-Scoring Affair)

Minnesota Wild vs Dallas Stars prediction, odds and betting insights for NHL playoffs Game 2.
Minnesota Wild vs Dallas Stars prediction, odds and betting insights for NHL playoffs Game 2. / AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

The 2022-23 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continue on Wednesday, April 19, including Game 2 of the thrilling Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars series on the Western Conference side.

Wild vs Stars Game 2 Info

  • Series: Wild lead 1-0
  • Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2023
  • Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: American Airlines Center -- Dallas, Texas
  • Coverage: ESPN2

The Wild and Stars engaged in a marathon Monday night, needing two frames of overtime to solve things. After Dallas coughed up the puck in its own zone, veteran forward Ryan Hartman tucked the puck past Jake Oettinger to hand Minnesota the 3-2 double-overtime victory.

Can the Wild shock the hockey world by going up 2-0? Or will the Stars get their momentum back with a strong home effort?

Wild vs Stars Odds & Spread

  • All NHL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: MIN: (+122) | DAL: (-146)
  • Spread: MIN: +1.5 (-215) | DAL: -1.5 (+180)
  • Total: 5.5 -- Over: (+100) | Under: (-122)

The Stars enter this contest as home favorites on the moneyline and spread 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 -122 odds.

Wild vs Stars Betting Trends

  • Minnesota is 8-4 straight up in its last 12 games against Dallas.
  • Dallas is 8-2 straight up in its last 10 games against the Central Division.
  • The total has hit the under in eight of Minnesota's last 11 road games against Dallas.
  • The total has hit the under in six of Dallas' last seven home games.

Wild vs Stars Prediction & Pick

Although the Wild escape with a victory Monday, their effort wasn't flawless. They were outshot (53-48), outhit (50-42) and also lost the faceoff battle (61-47). That's not even to mention how Minnesota allowed Dallas to covert twice on five power-play opportunities. Considering how the Stars had the 11th-best PP in the regular season, the Wild can't afford to play undisciplined hockey.

I just don't see the Stars heading to Minnesota down two games. It's important to remember that Dallas had won four straight home outings before Monday's loss, so I'm confident that it can bounce back. Oettinger's strong play in goal gives the Stars a shot at winning on any given night and as long as the special teams units stay strong, I like their chances.

It'll be another close game, but this series is far from over. Back the Stars to even things.

Final Score Prediction: Stars: 3 | Wild: 2

Wild vs Stars Best Bet

The Wild and Stars tend to get strong goaltending performances whenever they've clashed over the last year. They've combined for fewer than 5.5 goals in five of their last six games — including the last four in a row. Furthermore, they've finished with the under on this total in eight of their previous 11 meetings at American Airlines Center.

In other words, if you're hoping for fireworks, this game isn't for you.

Bet: Under 5.5 Goals (-122)

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