Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild - 11/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (9-7-1) at Dallas Stars (7-7-5)
NHL Hockey: Monday, November 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSSW
The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars meet Monday night in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Minnesota Wild look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with five goals, Charlie Coyle has six assists and Ryan Suter has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 1.9 goals per game and are killing 86.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 22 goals on 426 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed nine goals on 98 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed two or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.
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The Dallas Stars could use a feel good victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Stars are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Eaves leads Dallas with nine goals, Tyler Seguin has 14 assists and Jamie Benn has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Kari Lehtonen has given up 35 goals on 316 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 28 goals on 280 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 13 games.
The Wild are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record and 5-11 in their last 16 vs. Western Conference. The Stars are 3-11 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-4 in their last 14 Monday games. The Wild are 5-23 in the last 28 meetings in Dallas and the home team is 37-17 in the last 54 meetings.
Neither one of these teams have been easy to back with their up and down play and inconsistent hockey overall. However, when the WIld and Stars meet on the ice, the home team has won 68.5 percent of the time in the last 54 meetings. That's good enough for me in this spot. Give me the Dallas Stars to get a bounce back victory at home.