Dallas Stars (22-26-10) at Minnesota Wild (37-13-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 16, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -191 / Dallas Stars +172 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Dallas Stars head to the Xcel Energy Center to take the ice with the Minnesota Wild in NHL hockey action.
The Dallas Stars are in need of points to keep their postseason hopes alive but they struggled at both ends of the ice in a 5-2 defeat at the Winnipeg Jets to fall to 22-26-10 as time is becoming their enemy. The Stars received goals from Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn to rally from a 2-0 hole in the second period but the offense stalled after that and goalie Antti Niemi recorded 18 stops which wasn’t enough to prevent losses in six of seven. The Jets saw Patrik Laine log his third hat trick of his rookie campaign with Blake Wheeler and Joel Armia also joining the scoring column. Mark Scheifele posted a trio of helpers while Connor Hellebuyck picked up the win with 34 stops.
The Minnesota Wild haven’t lost very often this season so beating them is far easier said then done. However, the game’s 4th highest scoring team was completely shutdown in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. It wasn’t a lack of opportunities that killed Minnesota as they fired a hefty 37 shots on Ducks goalie John Gibson with Christian Folin’s slap shot being the closest to beating Gibson as it hit the post in the third. Devan Dubnyk was a tough luck loser for the Wild with 22 saves as the team suffered their second shutout at home. Antoine Vermette scored the only goal of the game in the first period for his 4th of the year to make Gibson’s 4th shutout of the season complete.
The Stars are 0-7 in their last 7 vs. Central and the Stars are 0-7 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference while the over is 4-0 in Stars last 4 vs. Central. The over is 9-0-2 in Wild last 11 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and the over is 7-0 in Wild last 7 Thursday games while the over is 6-1 in Wild last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. The over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Minnesota and the Stars are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota while the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Stars have fared well against Minnesota and the over has been strong but I lean a bit towards the Wild pending goalies…