Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild - 3/8/14
Minnesota Wild (34-21-7) at Dallas Stars (30-23-10)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -131 / Minnesota Wild +119 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
Two teams making a serious push at the playoffs meet up in Dallas as the red hot Stars host the Wild on Saturday night.
Minnesota heads into Dallas on Saturday as one of the hottest teams in the league having won five straight contests and they’ll look to make it six against their division rivals tonight. Minnesota made a splash at the deadline by acquiring Ilya Bryzgalov and Matt Moulson to bolster their lineup with the latter being throw in to a top six role immediately that gives the team another offensive weapon. The Wild will have to ride unproven goaltender Darcy Kuemper into the playoffs as it looks as though Josh Harding will be out for the year and Nik Backstrom hasn’t played much at all and is also sidelined with an injury. Bryzgalov was brought in as an insurance policy for Kuemper but may be thrown into the fire if the team starts to slide out of the playoff picture but at the moment that doesn’t look to be a problem.
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The Stars are playing their best hockey of the season and for a team that was projected to finish near the bottom of the Western Conference it is a pleasant surprise to see them challenge for a playoff spot. The Stars have points in 8 of their last 10 contests with six of those being victories and trail the Wild by just four points in the Central division which is quickly becoming the best in hockey. Dallas currently holds down the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference but are in a race with the Coyotes and Jets who are both hot on their heels and while there is still a lot of hockey to be played I get the feeling it’ll come down to the 82nd game before we get an answer as to who the final few spots will go to. The Stars have impressed me of late but I have no idea what the oddsmakers are doing in this spot as the Wild have won five games in a row, are the better team overall and are getting plus money? I’ll jump on that.