Wild at Stars - 4/14/16 Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (38-33-11) at Dallas Stars (50-23-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 9:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -160 / Minnesota Wild +135 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars meet Thursday night in game one of the Western Conference playoffs.
The Minnesota Wild enter the playoffs on a nasty five-game losing streak. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power plays. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 25 goals, Charlie Coyle has 21 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 150 goals on 1,829 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 43 goals on 507 shots. Dubnyk has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Dallas Stars enter the playoffs winning six of their last seven games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 41 goals, Tyler Seguin has 40 assists and Jason Spezza has 202 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 118 goals on 1,246 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 105 goals on 1,121 shots. Niemi has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Wild are 6-2 in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-8 in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Stars are 6-0 in their last 6 home games and 19-8 in their last 27 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Wild are 5-22 in the last 27 meetings in Dallas and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
Besides a few minor slumps, the Dallas Stars have been on fire all season long and finished the regular season on another tear. It's going to be tough to beat the Stars, especially on their home ice. I like Dallas to get the job done in game one.