Wild at Stars Game 5 - 4/22/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (39-36-11) at Dallas Stars (53-24-9)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -210 / Minnesota Wild +188 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars meet Friday night for game five at the American Airlines Center.
The Minnesota Wild hope to avoid elimination by stealing a huge road victory. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power plays. Jason Pominville leads Minnesota with three goals, Nino Niederreiter has three assists and Erik Haula has nine 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 11 goals on 98 shots faced. Dubnyk has given up eight goals in his last three games.
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The Dallas Stars hope to advance to the next round by picking up the home victory. 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 Patrick Sharp has 11 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 given up five goals on 72 shots faced and Antti Niemi has given up two goals on 30 shots. Lehtonen has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Wild are 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Central. The Stars are 35-16 in their last 51 home games and 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wild are 4-23 in the last 27 meetings in Dallas and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Stars don't want this series to drag out any longer than it has to, and the Wild have had zero success playing in Dallas over the years. The Stars should be able to send Minnesota packing.