The Dallas Stars will be on the road Sunday taking the ice against the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. The Stars will be looking to snap a two-game skid following a 1-3 loss at home against the St. Louis Blues on Friday. The Wild will be looking to make it three consecutive wins after beating the Ottawa Senators 7-2 at home their last time on the ice.
The Dallas Stars are now 15-10-2 on the season following a 1-3 loss at home against the St. Louis Blues. The Stars were outshot 40-32 in the game while winning 30 of 57 faceoffs. Dallas was never given a power-play opportunity while defending the net both of the times they were forced to skate shorthanded. They had 26 blocked shots and 14 takeaways in the game.
The Stars have been good for an average of 2.67 goals per game this season while giving up 2.37 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 30.7 shots per game while allowing 30.9 on the defensive end of the ice. Dallas has scored 11 power-play goals for a 14.7 conversion rate to go with an 85.1 penalty kill percentage.
The Minnesota Wild are now 11-11-4 following a 2-7 win at home against the Ottawa Senators. Both teams were able to fire 35 shots in the game with the Wild winning only 35 of 75 faceoffs. Minnesota was able to score a goal on one of their three power-play opportunities while defending the net the one time they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 10 blocked shots and 10 takeaways in the game.
Minnesota has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 2.92 goals per game for the season while giving up 3.23 to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 29.4 shots per game while allowing 31.2 on the defensive end of the ice. They have 17 power-play goals this season for a 19.1 conversion rate to go with an 81.6 penalty kill percentage.
Minnesota will take the ice as -112 favorites with the Stars skating in as -108 underdogs. The total is sitting at five on the game. I’m liking Dallas to win this one on the road. They are the stronger team on the defensive end of the ice, even when skating a man down. Both teams are scoring over two and a half goals per game but I think the better defense comes out on top here in a low scoring game. My money’s on Dallas.
NHL STATS & TRENDS
- Dallas is 4-0 in their last four games vs. an opponent who score at least five goals in the previous game.
- Dallas is 4-0 in their previous four games playing on one day of rest.
- Stars are 5-1 in their previous six games as an underdog.
- Minnesota is 3-13 in their previous 16 games following a win.
- Minnesota is 1-5 in their last six games after scoring five goals or more in their previous game.