Dallas Stars (36-28-5) at Minnesota Wild (33-29-8)
NHL: Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. ET (Xcel Energy Center)
Line and Odds: Wild -1.5/ Stars +1.5 Over/Under 5
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The playoff push is on, as a pair of Central Divison teams square-off at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota as the Wild play host to the Dallas Stars.
The Stars will look to extend their current one-game winning streak, along with a shot at six wins in their last seven games.
The Wild have lost four of their last five games with three of those losses coming against playoff teams.
The Stars bring a 7-3 record in their last 10 games into tonight’s face-off. This game has lots of meaning in the Western Conference Wild Card race as the Dallas Stars currently hold the first spot with 77 points, three points ahead of the Wild who are just outside the second spot currently held by Arizona who has 75 points.
The Western Conference wild-card race looks like it is coming down to the nitty-gritty. The Stars have struggled on the road this season with a 15-17-3 record away from Dallas.
Dallas hasn’t been flashy this season in goal scoring and their average per game on the season shows at 2.52 goals per game is good for 29th in the NHL. Tyler Seguin is the leader in all three categories as he has posted 63 points this season on 7 goals and 36 assists. Ben Bishop has been the better of the two goalies for the Stars as his 23-14-2 shows, he has also posted six shutouts this season.
Something good going for Dallas is they have won each of their last two games on the road with victories at St. Louis and Buffalo.
The Wild enter this match-up with a 6-4 record in their last 10 games. Minnesota sits a point back of the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The Arizona Coyotes hold that spot with 75 points. Minnesota comes into this game with 74 and will be looking to jump back ahead of Arizona.
The Wild have struggled at home this season only posting a 14-14-6 record at the Xcel Energy Arena in Minnesota.
Minnesota has scored a little better than Dallas this season, but aren’t too far ahead of the Stars. The Wild are averaging 2.73 goals per game this season which is good for 25th in the NHL this season. Zach Parise leads the team in points and goals as he has 55 points on 24 goals and 31 assists. Defenseman Ryan Suter leads the team in assists with 37.
Devan Dubnyk has been the better of Minnesota’s two goalies as he has posted a 27-23-6 record along with two shutouts on the season. Minnesota has lost two games in a row can they end their two-game slide with a win over Dallas.
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The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas’s last 5 games.
Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota.
Dallas is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Minnesota.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas’s last 5 games when playing Minnesota.
Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Minnesota’s last 12 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 games at home.
Minnesota is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Dallas.
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Minnesota has had the best of the Dallas Stars in their last 10 meetings head-to-head as the Wild own a 6-3-1 record in that span. The Stars have picked up wins in two of the last three against the Wild. Minnesota won the first meeting this season in Dallas, but the Stars followed that up with wins in each of the last two including a win at Xcel Energy Arena earlier this season. The over-under in the last five meetings between these teams is 0-5 in favor of the under. I like the under in this match-up as well and the Stars should be able to to get the job done in this game.