Dallas Stars vs Minnesota Wild prediction & preview 14.01.17
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The surging Minnesota Stars accept bootless to acquire a point alone already in their endure 18 amateur as they adapt for a asperous back-to-back on the alley adjoin Central Division rivals. The Stars, in the bosom of a 15-1-2 run aback the alpha of December, appointment the Dallas Stars on Saturday followed by a cruise to Central-leading Chicago on Sunday.
The Minnesota Wild are favourites: they are 15-2 beeline up in their endure 17 amateur overall. I know, it’s harder to acquisition a acumen to aback the Dallas Stars, but they thumped the Minnesota Wild 3-2 actuality on Nov. 21. And I anticipate it’s important to agenda that Dallas has been actual able at home this division with an 12-6-4 record.
With the captain Jamie Benn (10 goals, 34 credibility for the year) aback in the calendar afterwards missing four amateur with a bottom injury, the Dallas Stars (18-17-8) looked livelier than usual, assault the Detroit Red Wings on their own ice for the aboriginal time aback Oct. 14, 2010. The Wings started in a ascendant fashion, outshooting Dallas in the aboriginal aeon 11-4 abundantly acknowledgment to four ability plays (including a 5-on-3 for 1:53 minutes). The Stars, though, managed to animation aback from a 2-1 arrears in the additional period, with strikes from Brett Ritchie (9 goals, 13 points), John Klingberg (6 goals, 23 points) and Stephen Johns (4 goals, 8 points) sealing the deal. Lauri Korpikoski (6 goals, 15 points) netted for Dallas in the aboriginal period, while above Red Wing Patrick Eaves (15 goals, 24 points) denticulate into an abandoned net with 1:06 still larboard on the buzzer.
After authoritative 36 saves just two canicule above-mentioned in the 2-0 accident adjoin Pittsburgh, goalie Antti Niemi was in a barbarian approach again, endlessly 31 pucks adjoin the Wings, some of them destined to go in the net. He is 9-7-4 now for the division with a 2.84 GAA and has a appropriate 11-4-2 career almanac adjoin Minnesota with a solid 1.94 GAA. The Stars are currently 23rd in the alliance with 44 credibility from 43 games, abaft the 2nd Wild Card position in the Western Conference just by two points, but with an added bold played. They are scoring the 13th everyman bulk of goals per airing (2.65), acceptance the 6th accomplished abundance defensively (3.00 per game). Dallas has the 9th affliction ability play aggregation in the alliance with a average 16.7% success amount and is 2nd affliction in amends annihilate with appealing bad 74.5% efficiency.
There were whispers that adept centermost Eric Staal ability be done up afterward the atomic advantageous division aback his amateur campaign, but the above Carolina captain has been a active force in Minnesota’s baking stretch. Staal already has surpassed endure season’s totals with 14 goals and 38 credibility and has registered eight goals and 12 assists in his endure 20 contests. Staal has three goals and 5 assists during a four-game point band and has at atomic one point in 16 of his endure 17 games.