Minnesota vs Dallas NHL Playoffs Game 5 Spread Analysis
Every team heading into the playoffs has some sort of weakness that can potentially be exposed by their opponents. The fact of the matter is that some warts are going to be exposed over the course of an 82-game NHL schedule, and the teams that are able to make a deep postseason run are those that can prevent other teams from picking at those flaws. For the Dallas Stars, it’s fair to say that defense has the potential to be their Achilles heel. While Dallas wee scoring their way to the best offensive record in the league, they also felt required to do so, just so that they could score enough to cover for the holes in defense. The Stars came into this postseason as one of the favorites in the Western Conference, but the shadow of those defensive frailties continues to hang over them. So far, they have been doing fine, and have built up a 3-1 lead over the Minnesota Wild, which means an opportunity to close out the series on home ice on Friday night. If you think they can do it, be sure to get your pro hockey betting game on at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Wild vs Stars NHL Playoff Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Friday, April 22 at 9:30 PM EST
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: Wild and Stars
Live Stream: NBCSN
NHL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Minnesota Wild
The problem that Minnesota faced heading into this series was that they did not have the type of offense that might scare off the Stars. They certainly cannot win when going toe to toe in an offensive battle, which meant their only real hope was to play some stifling defense. It hasn’t really worked for them, and they only really saw some success when they decided to open things up a little more. That came in Game 3 when the series switched back to Minnesota, with the Wild managing to pick up a 5-3 win. They gave another good effort on home ice in Game 4, but came up a little short, going down 3-2. They need to win in Dallas to force a Game 5, and that is a tall order indeed.
Why bet on the Dallas Stars
The Stars may not have had the best defensive record in the league by a long way this season, but they have looked very solid in 3 of the 4 games in this series so far. This was particularly true on home ice, where the Stars gave up just 1 goal in the opening 2 games. With the series now heading back to Texas for Game 5 on Friday, you get the real sense that Dallas want to get this thing over and done with. They put in a gritty effort to steal a win in Minnesota, and that may well have been the game that prepped the Wild coffin for the final nail.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Dallas were spectacular at home all season long, and their efforts in Game 1 and 2 show that they are likely to be the same way through the playoffs. I like the Stars to close out the series on Friday with a comfortable win.
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