Wednesday, May 31, 2023

NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 2 Preview: Seattle Kraken (1-0) at Dallas Stars (0-1)


GOALS: Schwartz, Schultz, Bjorkstrand, Eberele, Gourde
GOALIE: Grubauer (31/35)
PP: 0/3 PK: 2/2 SHOTS: SEA 44 – DAL 35

JOONAS DONSKOI (upper body; IR) | 8 games | no timeline for return
ANDRE BURAKOVSKY (lower body; IR) | 8 games | week-to-week
JOHN HAYDEN (lower body; IR) | 8 games | week-to-week
JARED McCANN (undisclosed) | 4 games | day-to-day

• Tonight’s matchup is the second of two consecutive games that will be played at American Airlines Center during the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

• Entering play Wednesday, the Kraken and the Panthers were the only teams to win four games on the road during the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. A win tonight would make the Kraken the third team to have a four-game road winning streak, joining the Florida Panthers.

• The Kraken have gone 18-for-20 on the penalty kill during the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their 90.0 percent success rate on the penalty kill was good for second in the NHL entering play Wednesday.

• Entering play Wednesday the Kraken had four players ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in hits: Adam Larsson (42, second), Brandon Tanev (37,
fourth), Jamie Oleksiak (31, tied ninth) and Eeli Tolvanen (31, tied ninth). The teams 337 hits topped the NHL entering play Wednesday.

• The Kraken posted a 1-1-1 record against the Stars during the 2022-23 regular season.

• Seattle owned a 13-4-6 record against the Central Division during the 2022-23 regular season.

• The Kraken defeated the Stars 5-4 in overtime to take a 1-0 series lead, making them the 10th expansion team to win their first-ever game in
the second round and the seventh to do so while playing on the road according to NHL Stats.

• Entering play Wednesday, the Kraken were the only team this postseason to win Game 1 of both of their first and second round series. The Carolina Hurricanes have the opportunity to do so on May 3, but even with a win, the Kraken will be the only team to win both of their Game 1s while playing on the road.


Date Time (CT) DAL [C2] vs. SEA [WC1] Location TV/Radio/Result
Game 1 Tue, May 2 8:30 p.m. Seattle at Dallas American Airlines Center Kraken 5, Stars 4 (OT)
Game 2 Thu, May 4 8:30 p.m. Seattle at Dallas American Airlines Center TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS /KTCK
Game 3 Sun, May 7 8:30 p.m. Dallas at Seattle Climate Pledge Arena TBS, SN, TVAS/KTCK
Game 4 Tue, May 9 8:30 p.m. Dallas at Seattle Climate Pledge Arena ESPN, SN, TVAS/KTCK
Game 5 * Thu, May 11 TBD Seattle at Dallas American Airlines Center TNT, SN, TVAS/KTCK
Game 6 * Sat, May 13 TBD Dallas at Seattle Climate Pledge Arena ESPN, SN, TVAS/KTCK
Game 7 * Mon, May 15 TBD Seattle at Dallas American Airlines Center ESPN, SN, TVAS/KTCK

  • if necessary

April 2 – Recalled goaltender Scott Wedgewood from Texas (AHL) and loaned goaltender Matt Murray to Texas (AHL)
April 3 – Recalled defenseman Thomas Harley from Texas (AHL)
April 19 – Recalled forward Riley Tufte from Texas (AHL)
April 26 – Loaned forward Riley Tufte to Texas (AHL)

Game 1: May 2, 2023 – STARS 4 vs. KRAKEN 5 (OT) | Seattle leads series 1-0
Despite a four-goal performance from forward Joe Pavelski (4-0—4), the Stars dropped Game 1 against the Seattle Kraken at American Airlines Center. Pavelski, who missed five games due to injury in the First Round vs. Minnesota, matched the franchise record for most goals in a playoff game – a feat previously established by Denis Gurianov (4-1—5 in Game 6 of 2020 R1). Forward Max Domi tied his postseason career high in assists (3) and points (0-3—3), defenseman Miro Heiskanen (0-1—1) picked up his seventh assist of the postseason and blueliner Thomas Harley (0-1—1) recorded his first career postseason point with an assist in the first period. Goaltender Jake Oettinger made 39 saves on 44 shots in 72:17 TOI.
PP: 0-2 | PK: 3-3 | SF: 35 | SA: 44 | DAL TOI: M. Heiskanen (34:54 – game high) | Attendance: 18,532 (sellout)
Three Stars: 1. DAL – J. Pavelski 2. SEA – Y. Gourde 3. DAL – M. Domi

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Stars look to even the series in Game 2 of their Second Round series against the Seattle Kraken (8:30 p.m. CT, TV: TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS , Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM/1310-AM). Dallas fell 5-4 in overtime in Game 1 on Tuesday on a night that saw forward Joe Pavelski score all four goals. Following tonight’s contest, the series will shift to the Emerald City for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 9.


  • This is the first all-time postseason meeting between the franchises.
  • There have been 289 unique series matchups in NHL history, including one in the 2023 First Round (SEA-COL). The Seattle-Dallas series increases that number, as does the Vegas-Edmonton and Toronto-Florida series.
  • The Stars/North Stars franchise has faced a club making its first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on two other occasions, both in the first postseason of the NHL’s expansion when the club itself was in the playoffs for the first time. In 1968, the North Stars defeated the Kings in the Quarterfinals (4-3 W) and then lost to the Blues in the Semifinals (4-3 L).
  • The Stars went 2-0-1 against the Kraken during the 2022-23 regular-season and are 4-1-1 against them overall since they entered the NHL, including a 2-0-1 mark at home.
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