Minnesota Wild (28-18-5) at Dallas Stars (29-19-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 3, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Dallas Stars / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under:
The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars meet Saturday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 20 goals, Ryan Suter has 26 assists and Jason Zucker has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 83 goals on 998 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 50 goals on 601 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Dallas Stars look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Dallas Stars are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 24 goals, John Klingberg has 43 assists and Jamie Benn has 150 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 95 goals on 1,149 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 32 goals on 377 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Wild are 2-5 in their last 7 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Stars are 13-4 in their last 17 Saturday games, 17-8 in their last 25 home games and 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wild are 7-24 in the last 31 meetings in Dallas, 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the home team is 40-19 in the last 59 meetings.
Both teams are playing really solid hockey right now and the Minnesota Wild are fresh off slaying the dragon in beating Vegas last night. However, the Dallas Stars have been one of the more consistent teams in the league over the last month, are really solid defensively and have been really tough at home. This is a tough spot for the Wild on the end of a back to back. I'll side with the Stars.