Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
|Date & Time||Thursday March 14, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN
Minnesota Wild -120 / Dallas Stars +100 -- O/U: 5
The Dallas Stars and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.
The Dallas Stars come into this game looking to build on a 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on the road in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Roope Hintz struck twice in a span of 5:43 to give Dallas a 2-0 lead that the Stars would ride through the rest of the 2nd and the entire 3rd period for a key victory in the Western Conference playoff race despite being outshot by the Sabres 35-27 in the winning effort. Ben Bishop stopped all 35 shots faced in the win to improve to 23-14-2 with his 3rd straight shutout and 6th shutout of the season, extending his current shoutout streak to well over 200 minutes.
The Minnesota Wild will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 3-0 loss to the San jose Sharks in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening period before Barclay Goodrow gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes of paly and Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture would make it 2-0 and 3-0 by the end of the 3rd period, sending Minnesota back empty-handed after being outshot 29-24 in the losing effort. Ryan Suter led the Wild with 4 shots on goal while Jonas Brodin, Joel Eriksson Ek and Eric Staal each had 3 shots on goal in the loss. Devan Dubnyk took the loss, falling to 27-23-6 after allowing all 3 goals on 29 shots faced in the losing effort.
Dallas is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 19-4-3 in their last 26 games following a win. Minnesota is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 1-8 in their last 9 home games while the under is 13-4 in their last 17 games as a home favorite. Dallas is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.
Minnesota and the low line is worth a look considering that the Wild have fallen out of a wild card spot and desperately need wins down the stretch to remain in the playoff picture. However, the Stars are fighting to hold on to a playoff spot of their own and have been a much easier team to back as of late than Minnesota, and getting the Stars at even money sounds good to me given Dallas’ recent form.