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#79 Dallas Stars 5 vs.
#80 Minnesota Wild -110
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 9:05pm EST
Xcel Energy Center, St Paul
Written by Valdis Pans

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Having ended a four-game losing run with a home victory versus Tampa Bay, the Minnesota Wild (7th in Central Division) remain on own ice to host the Dallas Stars (2nd in Central), who have two defeats in their past three contests…

Stars Lose Two Out Of Three

The Dallas Stars (27-16-4) are entering the weekend on the back of a 4-1 home defeat to the Buffalo Sabres, thus recording their second defeat in the past three outings (1-2-0) following a six-game winning run right after the Christmas break. The team is currently sharing the 2nd place of the Central Division with the Colorado Avalanche, having collected 58 points from 47 contests. The Stars are 12-9-2 when playing on the road, with Tyler Seguin leading the side with 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists). Roope Hintz (24 points) has banked the most goals (15).

Goalie Ben Bishop has started 31 outings thus far this season, posting a 16-10-3 tally for the rolling year with a 2.23 GAA and a .929 save percentage. He has registered a 6-4-1 previous total against the Minnesota Wild with a 1.65 GAA and a .939 save percentage. The Stars, meanwhile, are netting the 6th lowest quantity of goals per game (2.62), while allowing the absolute lowest amount on the defensive end (2.36). They are 14th in power play with a 19.9% success rate and 3rd best in penalty kill with 84.0% efficiency.

Wild End Four-Game Skid

The current seven-game homestand of the Minnesota Wild (21-20-6) started with a victory, as the team edged out the Tampa Bay Lightning with a count of 3-2, thus putting an end to a four-game losing streak (0-3-1). With that, the Wild have now won two of their past eight matchups (2-5-1) after losing just once in their previous four (3-1-0). The team is dead last in the Central Division with 48 points from 47 contests, boasting a 12-5-4 domestic record. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists), while Zach Parise (29 points) has collected the most goals (17).

After 21 starts and 23 overall appearances this season, goalie Alex Stalock has delivered a 10-7-3 performance for the year with a 2.96 GAA and a .903 save percentage. He is 5-5-0 against the Dallas Stars in past meetings with a 3.15 GAA and a .903 save percentage. The Wild, meanwhile, are netting the 13th lowest amount of goals per game (2.98), while conceding the 4th highest amount defensively (3.34). They are 22nd in power play with an 18.1% conversion rate and 27th in penalty kill with 75.3% proficiency.

Best Bets for this Game

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Both teams have split their previous two contests this season, notching a home victory each. Still, do go with the Stars in this one! Dallas has dominated this series lately, winning five of the previous six encounters. The team from Texas has also been the better side lately, collecting seven triumphs on the last nine overall tries, while Minnesota has only managed to gather two wins from its previous eight fixtures. The Wild have also been struggling against teams with a winning record, losing five of the past seven matchups. So, a win for a side, which has already banked four victories on its past five travels, is definitely a very realistic proposition!

Prediction: Dallas Stars (-115)

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Seven of the last eight head-to-head meetings between Dallas and Minnesota have been decided in the realm of just five markers, with four of those games delivering just four snipes or less. So, banking on this one to go below the total is definitely a very good idea! Following a loss of three or more snipes in their previous fixture, the Stars have already gone under the set goal-mark on 21 of the last 29 occasions. The Wild, meanwhile, have kept things on the low-scoring side in seven of their previous nine domestic contests.

Prediction: Under 5
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...