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Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars: Picks, prediction for NHL Western Conference Finals series

We are in for a great series between the Stars and Oilers.

The story of this series is depth vs. a top-heavy roster.

Edmonton, led by all-world superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, is aiming to become the first Canadian team to lift the Stanley Cup since 1993, while Dallas looks to avenge playoff heartbreak suffered in recent seasons.

Let's get into our picks and predictions for this series, beginning Thursday night.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars series prediction

The Stars are the deepest team in the NHL. They have eight 20-goal scorers in their lineup and 10 players with at least 47 points. Compare that to the Oilers who have just five 20-goal scorers and five players with 47 or more points.

Dallas doesn't necessarily have any superstar players. But guys like Wyatt Johnston, Jason Robertson and Miro Heiskanen are outstanding players.

The Oilers have the big guns - Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Evan Bouchard. Those three players have combined for 65 points in 12 playoff games. The Oilers have the top four scorers in the playoffs with the three previously mentioned and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. They also have the leading goal scorer in Zach Hyman.

A big advantage for the Stars is their shutdown defensive pairing of Chris Tanev and Esa Lindell. That pairing shut down Jack Eichel in Round One. And they shut down Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen in Round Two.

The Stars also have the better goaltending. Stuart Skinner has been a mess in the playoffs. Jake Oettinger is a more reliable goalie.

Dallas has the much better depth, goaltending, and shut down defensive pair. I think those three factors will lead them to victory and their second Stanley Cup Final appearance in the last five years.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars series picks

Series Winner: Dallas Stars (-135)

Series Correct Score: Stars to win 4-2 (+500)

View the latest Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars Western Conference Finals series odds here.

Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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