Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars - 10/29/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (3-3-1) at Minnesota Wild (4-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -133 / Dallas Stars +108 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, FSN
The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild square off Saturday night in a NHL game at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Dallas Stars could use a feel good victory after losing four of their last six games. The Stars are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with four goals, Jamie Benn has two assists and Adam Cracknell has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Kari Lehtonen has given up eight goals on 105 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 13 goals on 121 shots. The Dallas Stars have lost six straight regular season games when allowing three or more goals. Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky are questionable.
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The Minnesota Wild look to build on their 5-2-1 start after returning from a four-game road trip. The Wild are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 10.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Suter leads Minnesota with three goals, Eric Staal has three assists and Charlie Coyle has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 95.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 10 goals on 178 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed eight goals on 62 shots. The Minnesota Wild haven’t allowed a single goal in their last two games. Marco Scandella, Erik Haula and Jared Spurgeon are questionable.
The Stars are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Stars are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings overall.
The Wild are playing some solid hockey right now and are fresh off back-to-back road shutouts. However, the Dallas Stars have been decent in their own right and have won seven of the last 10 games against the Minnesota Wild. There's value with the road team and the slight plus money in this spot.