Stars vs. Wild - 1/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (21-11-8) at Dallas Stars (29-10-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -136 / Minnesota Wild +123 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSSW
The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars square off Saturday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Minnesota Wild could use a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power plays. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 15 goals, Mikko Koivu has 22 assists and Thomas Vanek has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 79.4 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 75 goals on 935 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 17 goals on 230 shots. Dubnyk has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Dallas Stars could use a victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 24 goals, Tyler Seguin has 27 assists and Patrick Sharp has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 64 goals on 739 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 46 goals on 515 shots. Niemi has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Wild are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record and 5-12 in their last 17 road games. The Stars are 9-4 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 21-6 in their last 27 home games. The Wild are 4-22 in the last 26 meetings in Dallas and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Wild have won just four of their last 26 meetings in Dallas. Should I really say anymore? Not only are the Stars the better team here, but that trend is enough for anybody to back the home team in this one.