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Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild - 3/31/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Wild (43-24-10) at Dallas Stars (39-31-8)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Dallas Stars -105 / Minnesota Wild -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, FSSW

The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars meet Saturday in NHL action at American Airlines Center.

The Minnesota Wild look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 40 goals, Ryan Suter has 45 assists and Jason Zucker has 206 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 137 goals on 1,653 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 66 goals on 759 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed two or less goals in six of their last seven games.

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Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild - 3/31/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dallas Stars could use a feel good victory after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 39 goals, John Klingberg has 55 assists and Jamie Benn has 230 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 120 goals on 1,437 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 78 goals on 862 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

The Wild are 6-0 in their last 6 in the second game of a home-and-home situation. The Stars are 15-5 in their last 20 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-9 in their last 10 overall. The Wild are 7-25 in the last 32 meetings in Dallas, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 42-19 in the last 61 meetings.

This is pretty much a must win game if the Dallas Stars hope to stay in the playoff race, but they've been in the postseason run for months now and that hasn't stopped the losses from piling up. I'm not trying to back a Stars team that's lost 10 of their last 12 games. The Minnesota Wild have been by far the most consistent team as of late and always give themselves a chance on the road with their defense. I'll gladly take the team in better form for the cheap price.

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