NHL: Stars vs Oilers Game 6 betting preview

02 Jun 24
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NHL: Stars vs Oilers Game 6 betting preview

The Edmonton Oilers are on the brink of their first Stanley Cup appearance in 17 years as they prepare to face the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday evening at Rogers Place. The puck drop is scheduled for 8 PM ET. Edmonton currently leads the series 3-2 after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins propelled them to victory in Game 5 with a pair of power-play goals. The Stars are now on the brink for the second year in a row, losing at this stage to the Vegas Golden Knights in 2023. This should be a thrilling contest in Oil Country. 

Highlights

  • The Stars and Oilers meet in Game 6 on Sunday
  • Edmonton is a favorite in the potential series clincher
  • Read on for the game preview

How did we get here?

The Oilers came out in Game 1 and snatched a huge overtime win on the road, but the Stars bounced back with two straight wins in Games 2 and 3. Since then, it’s been all Edmonton, taking Games 4 and 5. The Oilers scored five unanswered goals in Game 4 after initially going down 2-0. They’ve really shown their best.

Dallas Stars

This is not a spot the Stars want to be in after getting eliminated in the conference finals last season, but it’s truly do-or-die. Dallas must dig deep and get a victory on the road on Sunday or else their Cup aspirations are all over. While the Stars can definitely be blamed for how Game 4 turned out as they completely collapsed, the Oilers deserve for how things unfolded on Friday night.

Edmonton went 2 for 3 on the power play and evidently thrived with the man advantage. The Stars trailed 3-0 heading into the third period and could never get any offense going, with Wyat Johnston scoring their lone goal. The rookie has been one of their best players in these playoffs, netting 10 times and tallying six assists. Dallas were outshot 26-20 but outhit the Oilers 24-16.

The Stars need to find a way to slow down Edmonton offensively in Game 6 while also getting going themselves. Jason Robertson, Johnston, Miro Heiskanen, and Jamie Benn must bring their best and do some damage against Stuart Skinner. Although it won’t be easy at Rogers Place, Dallas is capable of forcing Game 7 back at home. They’re an underdog here at NHL sportsbooks.

Edmonton Oilers

It’s been years and years of the Oilers being deemed contenders, yet they’ve failed to live up to the hype. As the postseason has rolled on, that narrative has felt different. Edmonton breezed past the Los Angeles Kings in round one before eliminating the Pacific Division winner Vancouver Canucks in round two. Then in the West Finals, the Oilers have been a collective unit.

The top-four playoff leaders in points are Connor McDavid (29), Leon Draisaitl (27), Evan Bouchard (25), and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (20). You can see why this team is on the brink of being in the Stanley Cup. RNH was the star of the show on Friday, scoring the first two goals while Philip Broberg added the third. It was a phenomenal performance from Kris Knoblauch’s squad on the road.

The Oilers are a confident group who will be biting at the bit to clinch their spot in the Cup. Having the chance to do that on home ice will fire them up even more. Edmonton is 1-1 in the series at Rogers Place. They’re a -153 favorite in Game 6 at BetVictor.

Quinn Allen is a seasoned sports journalist from Vancouver, Canada. Quinn is a full-time senior editor for ClutchPoints where he specializes in baseball, soccer, basketball, and football. Quinn has been working in the industry for five years and brings a unique outlook to sports journalism, having played high-level soccer and baseball growing up. Quinn resides in Kelowna, Canada, and enjoys playing soccer and going to the gym.