Stars at Wild Game 3 - 4/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (52-23-9) at Minnesota Wild (38-35-11)
NHL Hockey: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild / Dallas Stars --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild play game three of their series Monday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Dallas Stars look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead that all but ends things. 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 two goals, Ales Hemsky has two assists and Jason Spezza has 10 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. Kari Lehtonen has allowed one goal on 48 shots faced. Lehtonen has given up three goals in his last three games.
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The Minnesota Wild need a victory here in order to have any chance of winning this series. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power plays. Marco Scandella leads Minnesota with one goal, Jason Zucker has one assist and Matt Dumba has three 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 five goals on 59 shots faced. Dubnyk has given up five goals in his last three games.
The Stars are 9-3 in their last 12 Monday games and 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wild are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Stars are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 39-16 in the last 55 meetings.
The home team has really dominated the series between these two teams, and the Wild were pretty compeitive in their loss on Saturday. When you add the desperation in the mix with the home ice, Minnesota should be able to find a way to win this game. I like the Wild to beat the Stars and make this seires somewhat interesting.