Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars - 11/1/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (4-2-3) at Minnesota Wild (6-3-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -147 / Dallas Stars +134 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW+, FSN-N
The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild play Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Dallas Stars have lost three straight games, including a Friday loss to the Anaheim Ducks. The Stars main issue all season has been shaky goaltending that’s allowing 3.4 goals on the season and has allowed 13 goals in their last three games. The Dallas Stars have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing three or more goals. Anders Lindback has allowed nine goals on 60 shots and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 25 goals on 273 shots faced. The good news for the Stars is that they’ve allowed just one power play goal in their last five games. Offensively, Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with seven goals, Jason Spezza has 10 assists and Jamie Benn has 30 shots on goal. The Dallas Stars have scored at least one power play goal in six of their last seven games.
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The Minnesota Wild have won four of their last five games and all of a sudden find themselves in the middle of the Central. The Wild are getting it done at both ends of the ice, but it’s been their goaltending that’s been the most impressive. The Wild are allowing just 1.9 goals per game, as Darcy Kuemper has given up 12 goals on 165 shots and Niklas Backstrom has allowed five goals on 44 shots. The Minnesota Wild have won 10 of their last 12 games when allowing three or less goals. Offensively, the Wild are averaging 3.3 goals per game despite not scoring a single power play goal all season. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with five goals, Ryan Suter has five assists and Zach Parise has 45 shots on goal. The Minnesota Wild are looking like a true contender right now and have yet to lose at home.
The Stars are 16-44 in their last 60 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-7 in their last 10 road games. The Wild are 35-16 in their last 51 home games and 20-6 in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Stars are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota, while the home team is 23-6 in the last 29 meetings.
This price looks like a steal with the way the Minnesota Wild have been playing lately, especially considering the home team has dominated this series for as long as we can remember. Give me the Wild here for the solid price.