Stars at Wild Game 6 - 4/24/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (53-24-10) at Minnesota Wild (40-36-11)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild / Dallas Stars --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday afternoon for game six at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Dallas Stars have a chance to end this series before it goes to a game seven back in Texas. 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 three goals, Ales Hemsky has two assists and Patrick Sharp has 15 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 seven goals on 54 shots. Niemi has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Minnesota Wild have a chance to force an improbable game seven Tuesday night. 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 Mikko Koivu has 11 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 15 goals on 139 shots faced. Dubnyk has given up 10 goals in his last three games.
The Stars are 6-14 in their last 20 Sunday games and 7-2 in their last 9 vs. Central. The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Stars are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Stars are clearly the better team between these two but that didn't stop them from losing a clinching game on their home ice. Now, the Wild at home have the advantage to force a game seven. With a packed house and an offense that has found its groove a bit, I like the Minnesota Wild to take this game.