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Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars - 3/29/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Dallas Stars (39-30-8) at Minnesota Wild (42-24-10)
Date & Time Thursday March 29, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Wild -150 / Dallas Stars +136 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBCSN
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The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild meet Thursday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Dallas Stars have a chance to win back to back games for the first time since early February. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 39 goals, John Klingberg has 55 assists and Jamie Benn has 227 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 120 goals on 1,437 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 74 goals on 841 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.

The Minnesota Wild could also use a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 40 goals, Ryan Suter has 43 assists and Jason Zucker has 201 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 135 goals on 1,622 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 66 goals on 759 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed two or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.

The Stars are 25-51 in their last 76 road games, 0-6 in their last 6 games following a win and 1-8 in their last 9 overall. The Wild are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record, 20-9 in their last 29 home games and 23-9 in their last 32 Thursday games. The Stars are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 41-19 in the last 60 meetings and the over is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings in Minnesota.

The Dallas Stars haven't won back to back games in over a month and have had little recent success against the Wild. The Minnesota Wild have been lights out on their home ice, losing just eight times since December 17 and should be eager to get a victory after three overtime losses in their last four tries. We're also getting a decent price here, so I'm going to back the Minnesota Wild at home.

Pick:
Minnesota Wild -150

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