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Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars - 12/27/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Stars (20-14-3) at Minnesota Wild (18-15-3)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild / Dallas Stars --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW, FSN+

The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Dallas Stars could use a big road victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 17 goals, John Klingberg has 27 assists and Jamie Benn has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 70 goals on 781 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 28 goals on 300 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.

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Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars - 12/27/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Wild could use a victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with 14 goals, Eric Staal has 17 assists and Ryan Suter has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 59 goals on 699 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 39 goals on 456 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in each of their last five games.

The Stars are 6-2 in their last 8 games following a win, 19-40 in their last 59 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 Wednesday games. The Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 home games, 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Stars are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 39-19 in the last 58 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Neither of these teams are in great form right now, but the Stars continue to be a fade squad on the road regardless. And while the Wild are in a bit of a funk right now, they have taken care of business on their home ice, which includes wins in five of their last six tries. The home team has also owned this series over the years. I'm going to back the Minnesota Wild in this spot. 

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