Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
|Date & Time||Saturday April 6, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
American Airlines Center
Dallas Stars -143 / Minnesota Wild +122
The Minnesota Wild and the Dallas Stars meet in NHL action from the American Airlines Center on Saturday night.
The Minnesota Wild will look to rebound after being shutout in their last outing, falling to the Boston Bruins at home by a final score of 3-0 last time out. The game was scoreless through the opening period before Boston took the lead just before the midway point of the 2nd period. The score would hold up that way until late in the 3rd when Boston iced the win with a pair of goals :36 apart to seal the deal. Alex Stalock took the loss, falling to 6-7-3 after allowing a pair of goals on 34 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Dallas Stars will look to bounce back and finish the season strong after a 6-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in their last outing. Chicago got on the board with the lone goal of the first period and pushed the lead to 4-0 with a trio of goals in a span of 6:40 in the 2nd period. The Blackhawks made it 5-0 in the opening minute of the 3rd period before Joel L’Esperance finally got the Stars on the board later in the 3rd. That’s as close as Dallas would get as Chicago added a 6th for good measure to seal the deal. Anton Khudobin took the loss, falling to 16-16-5 after allowing all 6 goals on 32 shots faced in the losing effort.
Minnesota is 4-9 in their last 13 games overall and 2-7 in their last 9 games against the Western Conference while the under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 road games. Dallas is 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 1-6 in their last 7 Saturday games while the under is 36-13-5 in their last 54 games overall. Minnesota is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 8-27 in the last 35 meetings between these two teams in Dallas.
It’s far from ideal laying this kind of juice with the Stars who are playing on a back-to-back and just got their butts kicked on the road and have to travel home for this game. However, Minnesota has been out of it for a little while now, and the Wild don’t even have the home crowd behind them to give Minnesota anything more than pride to play for here. Dallas can lock up the top wild card spot with a win and while the price isn’t great, I think Dallas is the only logical play here.