Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Stars versus the Wild? The puck drops at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. The Stars are the favored team in this Central divisional contest against the Wild. The game’s over/under currently sits at 6 goals.
DALLAS STARS VS MINNESOTA WILD BETTING PICK
The Pick: Minnesota Wild +1.5
This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 8:00 ET on Monday, January 8th.
WHY BET THE MINNESOTA WILD:
- Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Wild.
- We like the Wild on the moneyline (+117)
- The Wild are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Does Dallas Stand a Chance on the Road?
On the season, the Stars have gone 22-11-5 and are currently in 5th place in the Western Conference. Within the Central Division, Dallas is in 3rd place with an 8-5 record. Over their last ten games, the Stars have gone 5-5, and they have lost three straight games.
When playing on the road this season, Dallas has gone 10-4-3, and they have been favored in 35 of their 38 games. As the favorite, the Stars have gone 20-10-5, and they have gone 13-11 against other Western Conference teams.
On the road, the Stars have a puck line record of 7-10, and their average scoring margin away from home is +.5 goals per game. So far, Dallas has been favored in 35 games, and their puck line record as the favorite is just 9-26. Across their last ten games, the Stars have a puck line record of just 1-9.
So far, Dallas has 13 wins by just one goal compared to nine victories by multiple goals. Across their last ten road games, the Stars have a puck line record of 4-6. This season, the team’s average scoring margin is +.5 goals per contest.
Games involving Dallas have an average of 6.8 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.1. In terms of their over/under performance, the Stars come in with a record of 25-13-0.
Across their three previous road games, Dallas has an puck line mark of 0-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.
For their offensive performance, the Stars come in averaging 3.6 goals per game this season, which is 5th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 20th in the league. This season, the Stars have a 13-8 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 9-3 record.
Dallas’ current leading scorer is Joe Pavelski. This season, he has 15 goals, which puts him 42nd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Pavelski has 20 assists this season.
Defensively, the Wild are currently 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.1 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 19th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Scott Wedgewood gets the start and has made 17 starts this season. His record at this point is 11-4, and his save percentage is 0.6862745098039216%.
Will the Wild Make it Happen at Home?
At home this season, Minnesota has gone 10-7-2, including a three-game losing streak. In the Central Division, the Wild are 7th with a record of 3-4. Overall, Minnesota is 13th in the Western Conference with a record of 17-17-4. Over their last ten games, the Wild have gone 5-5. As the underdog, Minnesota has gone 5-14-2 this season.
So far this season, the Wild have been the favorite in 17 of their 38 games, going 12-3-2 in those contests. In the Western Conference, Minnesota is 8-8. Over their last five games, the Wild have gone 1-4, and they are 1-2 in their last three games.
Minnesota comes into the game with a puck line record of 20-18 this season, including going 5-5 over their last ten games. So far, the Wild have had a total of 10 wins by multiple goals and have gone 13-8 against the puck line as underdogs.
Over their last three games, Minnesota has gone 0-3 against the puck line and has dropped their last two games at home vs. the puck line. On the year, the Wild’s average scoring differential is -.2 goals per game, and they have gone 9-10 against the puck line at home.
This season, Minnesota’s games are averaging 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Wild currently have an over/under record of 18-17-3.
Across the Stars last three road games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 0-3, while going 1-2 straight-up.
The Wild come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 24th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 25th in the league. This season, the Wild have a 11-6 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 6-11 record.
Minnesota’s leading goal scorer is Joel Eriksson Ek. So far this season, he has 15 goals, placing him 45th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Eriksson Ek has 11 assists this season.
In terms of defense, the Wild head into the game ranked 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.1 shots per game against Minnesota. So far, they are 19th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury comes into the game having made 16 starts this season. So far, his record is 7-8 and he has a save percentage of 0.6470588235294118%.