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NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 4 Preview: Dallas Stars (1-2) at Seattle Kraken (2-1)


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 Kraken 7, Stars 2
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 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

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Stars look to even their best-of-seven series against the Seattle Kraken tonight in a pivotal Game 4 at Climate Pledge Arena. (8:30 p.m. CT, TV: ESPN, SN, TVAS, Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM/1310-AM). Following a similar script from their First Round series against Minnesota, the Stars find themselves down 2-1 entering Game 4 on the road. Should Dallas win tonight, the series is guaranteed to extend to Game 6 in Seattle on Saturday, May 13.


  • 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.


JOONAS DONSKOI (upper body; IR) | 10 games | no timeline for return
ANDRE BURAKOVSKY (lower body; IR) | 10 games | week-to-week
JOHN HAYDEN (lower body; IR) | 10 games | week-to-week
JARED McCANN (undisclosed) | 6 games | day-to-day

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, 7-2 SEA W
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, 6:30 p.m. PT
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

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

• A win tonight would give the Kraken wins in consecutive home games for the first time during the postseason.

• A win would also give the Kraken their first 3-1 series lead in franchise history.

• According to, the line of Oliver Bjorkstrand, Yanni Gourde and Eeli Tolvanen was leading the league in expected goals for (5.1) entering play Monday.

• 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.

• Through three games, the Kraken have scored 14 goals, which equals the number of goals the Minnesota Wild scored against the Stars in all of the first round.

• The Kraken defeated the Stars 7-2 in Game 3, which was played at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. It marked the eighth time in 2022-23 (regular season and playoffs) that Seattle scored at least seven goals in a game, which leads the NHL according to NHL Stats.

• Seattle’s seven goals were the most in a playoff game in franchise history and were tied for the second-most by any team this postseason.

• The team’s five-goal margin of victory was tied for the largest margin of victory in a single game this postseason. Toronto (7-2 win over Tampa Bay on April 20) and Carolina (6-1 win over New Jersey on May 5) are the other teams to accomplish this feat this postseason.

• The Kraken have gone 7-for-8 on the penalty kill this series against Dallas. Their 87.5 percent success rate on the penalty kill was the second-best mark in the postseason during the second round entering play Monday, trailing only the Carolina Hurricanes (88.9).

— Dallas finished the 2022-23 regular season ranked fifth in the NHL with a 25.0 percent conversion rate on the power play


• The Kraken have scored first in eight of the 10 postseason games they have played in 2023. No other team in the NHL this postseason has accomplished that feat.

• Seattle’s five wins when scoring first were tied with Carolina, Dallas and Florida for the most in the NHL this postseason entering play Monday.

• Vince Dunn’s first-period goal in Game 6 against Colorado made the Kraken the first team in NHL history to open the scoring in each of their
first six playoff games in franchise history according to NHL Stats.

• Seattle was also just the second team in NHL history to opening the scoring in every game of a best-of-seven series according to NHL Stats,
joining the Toronto Maple Leafs who did so in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals in 2004.

• Additionally, the Kraken were the first team to score first in the first seven playoff games they played in a single postseason since the Colorado Avalanche did so to start the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs according to NHL Stats.

• Entering play Monday, the Kraken’s 110 shots in the first period this postseason led the NHL

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