With an eight-game slate of NHL action ahead of us, surely one of the biggest games of the day will unfold in Minnesota as two Central Division foes do battle in a key matchup.
While the Wild continue to cling to the last playoff spot in the division, Rick Bowness’ squad is charging hard, as both teams seem to be headed in opposite directions. Dean Evason has lamented the play of his Minnesota team in recent outings, with injuries continue to take their toll on this once solid lineup.
The Stars enter on Sunday just two points back of the Wild in what is definitely a massive clash filled with playoff implications. They’re 7-2-1 in their last 10, while Minnesota have won just three of their past ten contests. Losing Jordan Greenway and Matt Dumba during this crucial stretch has certainly hurt, and the fact that their goaltending and defensive play has faltered certainly hasn’t helped matters either.
Dallas had a brutal beginning to the season, but are finally playing back up to their potential. As bodies have returned to the lineup, the Stars have proven their worth. Youngster Jake Oettinger has been the solution in goal, and sophomore sensation Jason Robertson continues to pace this red-hot offense. Can the Wild limit the young American sniper?
For added insight, as well as betting news, trends and analysis – keep on reading beneath the current odds as we look to improve our stellar hockey record with another winning wager. Enjoy this pivotal Wild vs. Stars Central Division showdown as we blast through a busy Sunday on the ice.
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Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild Live Odds & Betting History
*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag
|Goals Per Game||2.9||3.7|
|Goals Against Per Game||2.9||3.2|
|Shots On Goal Per Game||30.8||32.5|
Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars Prediction:
While the Wild do enter this crucial clash as the rightful favourites, they certainly won’t be getting any help on the injury front. Key losses remain, and without a viable answer in goal through either Cam Talbot or Kaapo Kahkonen – both of whom have been quite bad of late, this Stars’ offense has to be licking their lips for a chance to tie the Wild in the standings.
The Stars are cruising of late, managing to secure 56% of the expected goals at even strength over their past ten contests. They’ve been elite since coming out of the All-Star break and getting a necessary reset, and their dominant top trio of Roope Hintz, Joe Pavelski, and Robertson continue to give defenses headaches. With Minnesota struggling without the puck, look for that impressive trifecta to dominate the Wild’s defense.
In goal, look for Jake Oettinger to again continue his stellar play. He’s got a .922 save percentage on the season, and though the Wild have been one of the best offenses in the NHL this year, the goals and shooting percentage luck have dried up significantly in recent showings.
Minnesota enters Sunday’s big game coming off a defeat to the lowly Buffalo Sabres. They’re getting soundly outplayed with a diminished roster, only securing about 43% of the expected goals over their past ten games. Without Greenway and Dumba the group has lost its physicality, and will also quite likely be without skilled winger Mats Zuccarello come Sunday evening. Look for Evason to turn to Cam Talbot as the veteran in goal, though he’s been noticeably bad in recent outings.
While the Stars don’t boast a rest advantage heading into St. Paul, Minnesota, the momentum in which this group is playing with has been impressive. They’re getting complete games from all contributors, and at a juicy underdog price Jake Oettinger is always worth backing in between the pipes.
The #mnwild have been one of the best defensive teams this season. Cam Talbot, who has allowed nearly 14 goals above expected according to Evolving-Hockey (second worst in NHL), is the biggest problem right now
Simply put, the Wild need better goaltending if they want to contend https://t.co/B1NtVHHF3q
— Aaron Heckmann (@aaron_heckmann) March 6, 2022
Wild vs. Stars Trends To Know:
- Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
- Stars are 7-2 in their last 9 road games.
- Wild are 11-4 in their last 15 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Wild are 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
- Under is 6-1 in Stars last 7 vs. Central.
- Stars are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Minnesota.
While Dallas has historically struggled to get positive results in Minnesota, this spot is ripe for this talented group. The Stars are playing to their potential, while the Wild are realizing that this is a squad that still lacks depth and quality netminding. Expect the pace of the Stars’ top-six to really put pressure on Minnesota’s blue-line, and don’t expect the Wild to get the saves needed on Sunday. At a big underdog price, the Stars are the value play on Sunday.