Squaring off for the third and final time this season, the Edmonton Oilers and the Dallas Stars face off at the American Airlines Center. This Western Conference matchup will get underway at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 3, and it’s being televised live on Fox Sports Southwest.
Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars Odds
Playing the role of favorite will be Dallas (-175), whereas Edmonton is a dog offering moneyline odds of +155,, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -110 for the over and -110 for the under.
The Stars are 37-28 straight up (SU) and have earned 4.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Central Division in this young season, is fairly close to the 43-39 record the team posted during the 2018-19 season campaign. Of its 65 games this season, 24 have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team is 19-12 SU at home this year.
Dallas has converted on 21.6 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.4 percent of all penalties.
Dallas, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties 3.6 times per game overall this season, 3.8 per game over its last five matchups total, and 3.6 per game over its last five home outings. The team’s had to defend opposition power plays for 8.5 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, in total.
Averaging 27.1 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, Ben Bishop (23 wins, 19 losses, and four OT losses) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for the Stars this year. If they, however, decide to rest him, the team may turn to Anton Khudobin (16-12-12 record, .930 save percentage, 2.23 goals against average).
Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn will both lead the offensive attack for the Stars. Seguin (50 points) has tallied 17 goals and 33 assists and has recorded multiple points 12 times this year. Benn has 19 goals and 19 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 28 games.
Edmonton has earned moneyline bettors 4.5 units this year and is currently 35-31 straight up (SU). Through 66 regular season contests, 31 of its games have gone over the total, while 30 have gone under the total and just four have pushed. As a road team, Edmonton is 19-16 SU.
Edmonton enters the matchup with the first-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s found the net on 29.7 percent of its extra-man opportunities in the 2019-20 season. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it’s successfully killed off 84.4 percent of all penalties.
Edmonton’s skaters have been penalized 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five match ups. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 6.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Mike Smith (25.5 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Edmonton. Smith has 19 wins, 18 losses, and six OT losses to his credit, while registering a .905 save percentage and 2.88 goals against average this year.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Oilers will be Leon Draisaitl, who has 43 goals and 64 assists on the year.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Oilers, O/U – Under
Edmonton is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Dallas is 2-3 in shootouts.
For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their last five matches.
The Stars this season have tallied the 11th-most hits per game in the NHL (22.2), but the team’s averaged 26.0 over their past five games as the home team.