Dallas Stars (17-15-3) at Minnesota Wild (17-15-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -167 / Dallas Stars +135 --- Over/Under: 6
The Dallas Stars and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night.
The Dallas Stars will be looking for a bounce back performance after falling to Chicago by a final score of 5-2 in their last outing. Chicago jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the opening period and a 3-0 advantage within the first two minutes of the second period before Tyler Seguin got the Stars on the board, giving us a 3-1 game after 40 minutes of play. Taylor Fedun cut the deficit to 3-2, but that’s as close as Dallas would get as the Hawks would add a pair of empty net goals :40 apart to secure the victory and send Dallas back with nothing to show for their efforts. Ben Bishop took the loss, falling to 11-9-1 this season after allowing 3 goals on 27 shots in the losing effort.
The Minnesota Wild will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last outing. Jordan Greenway opened the scoring for the Wild in the early stages of the first period, but that’s all the scoring the Wild would do as a pair of giveaways resulted in the two Pittsburgh goals that sealed Minnesota’s fate in the loss and none of the other 40 Minnesota shots on goal found the back of the net in the losing effort. Devan Dubnyk ended up with the loss to fall to 12-12-2 after giving up both goals on 37 shots in the losing effort.
Dallas is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 8-22 in their last 30 road games while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 Saturday games. Minnesota is 3-8 in their last 11 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 games against the Western Conference while the under is 4-1-2 in their last 7 division games. Dallas is 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between the two teams in Minnesota.
I’m not trying to back either one of these teams right now, as Dallas is cold and a loss to the lowly Blackhawks doesn’t help their case, while Minnesota is slumping as well and is mired in this losing streak at the moment. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. Minnesota has only scored twice in their last 3 games while Dallas has put up just 2 goals in 3 of their last 4 games so I’ll side with the under as I’m expecting both teams’ offensive struggles to continue in this one.