Minnesota at Dallas Pro Hockey Odds

Posted by Aaron . on April 15, 2016 in

On Saturday night, the Minnesota Wild and the Dallas Stars resume their Western Conference quarterfinal series. The eight-seed Wild held Dallas scoreless for the first period but ended up falling, 4-0 in Game 1. The Wild will have to add to their defensive desperation if they want to even the series before the teams head north for Game 3. Find the latest NHL online betting odds here.

Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars Pro Hockey Odds

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8:00pm ET
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
TV: NBCSports
Radio: KTCK 1310 AM The Ticket
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on Dallas?

Dallas put up four goals on the Wild, and All-Star Tyler Seguin wasn’t even in the lineup. He has fully recovered from a partial tear to his Achilles tendon, though, and he is expected on the ice for Game 2. Even without Seguin, the Stars still peppered the Wild goal with 32 shots, as Jason Spezza tallied a goal and added an assist. Jamie Benn scored a goal and helped on two others. Seguin was the second highest scorer on the team (33 goals, 40 assists), so he will make Saturday night even more terrifying for the Wild defense than Game 1 was.

Why should you put your money on the Wild?

The Wild were missing Thomas Vanek and Zach Parise, and the Minnesota offense suffered as a result, as the team only sent 22 shots at Kari Lehtonen in the Dallas net and did not score. Vanek and Parise combined to score 43 times in the regular season, but Parise is still out for Game 2 (back), while Vanek is out for all of the first round (lower body injury). Given that the Wild averaged just 2.6 goals per game, having these two big snipers out of the lineup is going to hurt. Charlie Coyle, Mikko Koivu and Nino Niederreiter are all skilled forwards that can pour the goals in, totaling 58 together in the regular season. Devan Dubnyk (28 saves on 31 shots) had some strong moments but needs to be even tougher in Game 2.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The return of Seguin makes Dallas’ offensive attack even more potent. I just don’t think the Wild have enough weapons to keep up, so I”m predicting a 4-1 win for the Dallas Stars to take a 2-0 series lead.