Minnesota at Dallas NHL Odds Analysis
On Friday night, the Dallas Stars will host the Minnesota Wild with a chance to eliminate the second wild card from the playoffs. The Stars won Game 4, 3-2, to take a 3-1 lead in the series. The Wild had made things interesting by turning a 2-0 deficit into a 5-3 win in Game 3, but now the Stars have taken control of the series once again. In Game 4, all five goals came in the second period, and the Stars put out a shutdown defense for the entire third period to take the win. Find out the latest NHL betting spread here.
Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars NHL Odds Analysis
When: Friday, April 22, 2016, 9:30pm Eastern time
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Radio: KTCK 1310 AM The Ticket Dallas
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on Minnesota?
The Stars looked sluggish in Game 3, and the Wild had the talent and the speed to make them pay for it. The Stars kept giving up the puck in the neutral zone leading to odd-man rushes, in part because of confusion coming out of line changes. The Stars also stopped playing defense in their own zone. So the team that dismantled the Wild 4-0 in Game 1 did not appear to have gotten on the plane to St. Paul. Tyler Seguin, a major factor in the Dallas offense, is still day-to-day and could remain on the shelf.
Why should you put your money on the Stars?
An important change that the Stars made going into Game 4 was changing their goalie, as Kari Lehtonen, who had played in Games 1-3, gave way to Antti Niemi. Lehtonen had played well in Games 1 and 2, but Game 3 saw him give up four tallies (the fifth came with an empty net). Niemi came in with a lifetime 2.67 GAA and .905 save percentage in postseason play. The Dallas defense stood tall under some intense pressure from the Wild offense in Game 4, which is why the Stars put up a clean sheet in the third period.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Wild are a plucky bunch, but I like the Stars to polish off this series in five games and give themselves a chance to rest before the conference semifinals. I’m predicting a 4-2 Stars win.