The No. 2 Dallas Stars take on the No. 3 seeded Minnesota Wild in the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs with Game 1 set for 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday night. Here we’ll go over the series winner odds on DraftKings Sportsbook.
2023 NHL Playoffs: Stars vs. Wild odds
The Stars are slight favorites on DKSB to win this series against the Central Division rival. The Wild are top-10 in penalty killing and goals allowed this season. The Stars, also in both those categories, plus have one of the best power plays in the NHL. Minnesota has Kirill Kaprizov back in the fold but lost center Joel Eriksson Ek to injury. He may return for the start of the series but it could be too late. That leaves the Wild super thin at center compared to Dallas, which has Roope Hintz, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Joe Pavelski. Most of those veterans play on the wing but Benn and Seguin are very good in the dot. This should help the Stars maintain possession.
If Jake Oettinger isn’t seeing as many shots, that only bodes well for him. Last postseason, Oettinger had to make nearly 40 saves per game against the Flames and almost won that series. If Oettinger is anything close to the goalie from last playoffs, the Wild are in trouble.