The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars had a really competitive matchup in game one. Both of these teams seem evenly matched, and the game could have gone either way as it took till double overtime for the Wild to win it.
Going into game two, momentum is leading towards the Wild. However there are some injuries on both sides that could change the game one way or another. For the Wild, Ryan Hartman was playing with an injury in overtime. While he did score the game winner, whether or not he is at 100 percent for game two could be a difference maker.
Some of the other Stars who are day to day right now are Johansson, Ericsson Ek, Sundqvist and Klingberg. Obviously closer to puck drop there will be a better understanding of whether or not they will be in the lineup.
On the flip side, the Stars main injury concern is Joe Pavelski. After the the injury he sustained in game one, it is hard to imagine he will be back that quick – obviously his health matters more than the game.
Here is what Stars coach Pete Debeor said about Pavelski after the game:
NHL player safety did not have any hearing or any repercussion towards Matt Dumba after the hit in game one that kept Pavelski from returning to the game. After review, the NHL overturned the five minute major for Dumba during the game and pushed it down to just a two minute minor for roughing.
As for players to keep an eye on in game two, there are a lot of candidates.
Matt Dumba was getting boo’d every time he touched the puck in game one after his hit on Pavelski. How the crowd, and Stars players, react to him being back in the lineup for game two will be a major point heading into the game.
Oettinger almost won game one for the Stars. He looked like the same player who was making remarkable saves against the Flames in round one last season. He is someone to keep an eye on in game two.
Domi did not get on the score sheet in game one after a pretty strong end to the regular season with the Stars. The team is going to need him to provide some help offensively if they are going to even up the series. Domi’s offensive capabilities are a bigger need for this team than what happens after the whistle. If this series is turning more physical and gritty, the Stars need Domi to stay poised and out of the box.
Robertson scored his first goal of the postseason in game one. If the Stars are going to win this series they are going to need him to have a great showing in game two. Momentum was definitely leaning their way after Robertson’s power play goal. He needs to do that again in game two, here is the goal below.
Robertson had a team leading seven shots on goal in game one. He is going to have to keep driving the offense if the Stars are going to win.
Dallas Stars vs Minnesota Wild: Date, Time, Players To Watch, and More
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Time: 8:30 PM CT
Where: American Airlines Center
TV Broadcast: ESPN2
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Minnesota – Kaprizov/Steel/Hartman (1)
Dallas – Hintz/Robertson (1)
Minnesota – Spurgeon/Zuccarello/Nyquist/Steel (1)
Dallas – Benn/Heiskanen/Pavelski (1)
Minnesota – Sam Steel (2)
Dallas – Hintz/Robertson/Benn/Heiskanen/Pavelski (1)
Game 2 | Wednesday, April 19 at 8:30 p.m. | American Airlines Center | TV: ESPN2, SN360, TVAS
Game 3 | Friday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m. | Xcel Energy Center | TV: TBS, SN1, TVAS
Game 4 | Sunday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. | Xcel Energy Center | TV: TBS, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS
Game 5 | Tuesday, April 25 at TBD | American Airlines Center * | TV: TBD
Game 6 | Friday, April 28 at TBD | Xcel Energy Center * | TV: TBD
Game 7 | Sunday, April 30 at TBD | American Airlines Center * | TV: TBD