Minnesota Wild (8-7-0) at Dallas Stars (6-6-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 15, 2014, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Dallas Stars -130 / Minnesota Wild +118 --- Over/Under: 5
The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars play Saturday afternoon at the American Airlines Center.
The Minnesota Wild have lost four of their last five games, as they continue to struggle without Zach Parise. The Wild are averaging 2.9 goals on the season but have been held to one or less goals in their last four losses. Overall, the Minnesota Wild are 1-6 this season when scoring two or less goals. Nino Niederreiter leads Minnesota with seven goals, Ryan Carter has six assists and Jason Pominville has 51 shots on goal. The Wild, who have one of the worst power play offenses in the league, have scored four pp goals in their last six games. Defensively, Darcy Kuemper has allowed 24 goals on 261 shots and Niklas Backstrom has given up nine goals on 87 shots faced. The Wild have allowed three power play goals this month.
The Dallas Stars have won two straight to pull within a .500 record after a brutal losing stretch. Of course, the Stars defense has been their downfall, as they’re allowing 3.3 goals per game and have allowed 18 goals in their six games this month. Overall, the Dallas Stars have lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing three or more goals. Kari Lehtonen has allowed 36 goals on 408 shots and Anders Lindback has given up 13 goals on 88 shots faced. The good news is the Stars are a perfect 9-9 in power play kills in their last two games. Offensively, Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 12 goals, Jason Spezza has 12 assists and Jamie Benn has 56 shots on goal. The Dallas Stars have scored a power play goal in two of their last three games.
The Wild are 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. The Stars are 0-5 in their last 5 home games and 20-42 in their last 62 vs. Central. The Wild are 2-20 in the last 22 meetings in Dallas and 11-24 in the last 35 meetings overall.
You see Minnesota's record in Dallas? Yikes. No matter how bad the Stars have played this month, there's no way you can back the Wild when they've won only two of 22 games in Dallas. Give me the Stars and the slight chalk.