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NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 3 Preview: Dallas Stars (1-1) at Seattle Kraken (1-1)

DALLAS STARS NOTES:

SECOND ROUND SERIES SCHEDULE
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 Stars 4, Kraken 2
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

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
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)
May 6 – Signed defenseman Lian Bichsel to a three-year entry-level contract

HOW THE STARS-KRAKEN SERIES HAS UNFOLDED
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

Game 2: May 4, 2023 – STARS 4 vs. KRAKEN 2 | Series tied 2-2
After a four-goal performance in his return to the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 1, forward Joe Pavelski added another one in Game 2 and helped the Stars even their Second Round series against the Kraken. Pavelski (5-0—5) joined Steve Payne (5 in 1981) as the second player in franchise history to record five goals over a two-game span in the postseason. Rookie forward Wyatt Johnston (1-1—2) also made an impact, becoming the sixth teenager in franchise history to record a multi-point game in the playoffs. Forward Tyler Seguin (1-1—2) tallied his fifth goal of the postseason, Evgenii Dadonov (1-0—1) scored his fourth of the playoffs and goaltender Jake Oettinger returned to form with a 25-save performance in net.
PP: 1-3 | PK: 1-1 | SF: 37 | SA: 27 | DAL TOI: M. Heiskanen (28:51 – game high) | Attendance: 18,532 (sellout)
Three Stars: 1. DAL – W. Johnston 2. DAL – J. Oettinger 3. DAL – T. Seguin

DALLAS STARS POSTSEASON NOTES
TONIGHT’S GAME: After seeing the Stars and Kraken come away with a split in Dallas, the series shifts to Seattle beginning tonight with Game 3 at Climate Pledge Arena. (8:30 p.m. CT, TV: TBS, SN, TVAS, Radio: The Ticket 96.7- FM/1310-AM). After dropping Game 1 by a 5-4 score in overtime, the Stars responded with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 on Thursday. Regardless of how Games 3 and 4 shake out, the series will return to Dallas for Game 5 on Thursday, May 11.

LET’S GET IT KRAKEN

  • 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.

SEATTLE KRAKEN NOTES:

LAST GAME
SEATTLE 2 AT DALLAS 4
GOALS: Karyte, Eberle
GOALIE: Grubauer (33/37)
PP: 0/1 PK: 2/3 SHOTS: SEA 27 – DAL 37

CURRENT INJURIES (MAN GAMES LOST: 32)
JOONAS DONSKOI (upper body; IR) | 9 games | no timeline for return
ANDRE BURAKOVSKY (lower body; IR) | 9 games | week-to-week
JOHN HAYDEN (lower body; IR) | 9 games | week-to-week
JARED McCANN (undisclosed) | 5 games | day-to-day

SERIES SCHEDULE
Game 1 – May 2, 2023: Seattle Kraken at Dallas Stars, 5-4 SEA W (OT)
Game 2 – May 4, 2023: Seattle Kraken at Dallas Stars, 4-2 DAL W
Game 3 – May 2, 2023: Dallas Stars at Seattle Kraken, 6:30 p.m. PT
Game 4 – May 4, 2023: Dallas Stars at Seattle Kraken, 6:30 p.m. PT
Game 5* – May 2, 2023: Seattle Kraken at Dallas Stars, Time TBD
Game 6* – May 4, 2023: Dallas Stars at Seattle Kraken, Time TBD
Game 7* – May 2, 2023: Seattle Kraken at Dallas Stars, Time TBD
*if necessary

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
• Tonight’s matchup is the first of two consecutive games that will be played at Climate Pledge Arena during the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

• The Kraken, Seattle Mariners and OL Reign are all playing Texas-based teams this weekend. The Mariners will take on the Houston Astros on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and the OL Reign will face the Houston Dash on Saturday. All five games (including the Kraken’s matchup against the Stars) will be played in Seattle.

• The Kraken have gone 20-for-23 on the penalty kill during the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their 87.0 percent success rate on the penalty kill was good for second in the NHL entering play Saturday.

• Jordan Eberle has scored in each of the Kraken’s first two games against the Stars. If he were to extend his goal-scoring streak tonight, it would give him goals in three consecutive playoff games for the first time since he scored in four straight from April 10 to 16, 2019.

• Seattle’s second round series against Dallas will feature the youngest and oldest 50-point players from the regular season. Matty Beniers (20 years old) had 57 points in 80 games and Joe Pavelski (38 years old) had 77 points in 82 games.

• Entering play Saturday the Kraken had four players ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in hits: Adam Larsson (48, second), Brandon Tanev (39, tied fifth), Jamie Oleksiak (37, eighth) and Eeli Tolvanen (35, tied ninth). The teams 382 hits topped the NHL entering play Saturday.

• 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.

• 2023 marks the first trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs for five Kraken players: Matty Beniers, Will Borgen, Cale Fleury, Jesper Froden and Jaycob Megna.

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