January 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM #53078
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The Minnesota Wild will make the trip over to Dallas on Tuesday for a date with the Dallas Stars. Minnesota has been climbing up the Western Conference standings with some impressive play of late, while Dallas has been mired in a terrible slump, losing nine of their last 10 games.
Minnesota Wild (27-19-5) at Dallas Stars (21-20-8)
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: American Airines Center
City: Dallas, Texas
O/U Odds: 5
Money Line: Dallas -122, Minnesota +113
Dallas ended 2013 on a 5-0-2 run, but the new year hasn’t been kind to the Stars. The team was the last NHL club to pick up a victory in calendar 2014, and they’ve only had that one win in 10 contests this year. The team will be at a disadvantage in the second leg of a home-and-home with Minnesota on Tuesday as they were forced ot play the Nashville Predators on Monday, while Minnesota had some extra rest.
Minnesota’s path has taken the opposite trajectory compared with that of Dallas. Minnesota dropped their final six games in 2013, but have won seven of nine games in 2014 to climb into a playoff spot in the Western Conference, sitting in a tie with Vancouver for the two wild card spots out west. Rookie goaltender Darcu Kuemper has been a big reason for the team’s turnaround after being recalled from the minors earlier in the year, improving to 4-0-1 and is poised to make his fifth consecutive start against the Stars on Tuesday.
Minnesota was victorious in the last meeting between these teams on Saturday, taking a 3-2 decision in overtime. Kuemper got the nod for the Wild in that one and he stopped 33 of 35 shots in the win. Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen faced 19 shots in the game but stopped only 16 of them. Minnesota’s Nate Prosser was Johnny on the spot in overtime as he scored the winner in the extra frame. It was only his third career goal.
Minnesota has been searching for offense from other sources as they continue to tread water without Mikko Koivu or Zach Parise, so goals from unlikely sources like Prosser are a huge boon to the team. Prosser has scored the game-winning goal in each of Minnesota’s last two games. Parise is expected to miss this game but could be back Thursday when Minnesota takes on Chicago.
Minnesota has a very daunting trend to buck if they’re going to come away victorious in this one, as Dallas is 17-1-0 in its last 18 home games against the Wild, but Minnesota has been in much better form of late, while Dallas has looked to be stuck in the mud since the new year.
The Wild are 7-2 in their last nine games overall, while the Stars are 1-9 in their last 10 overall.
The Wild are 4-1 in the last five meetings between these teams.
The play: Minnesota +113
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