Stars vs Wild Prediction - NHL Picks 1/8/24

Minnesota Wild (17-17-4) vs Dallas Stars (22-11-5)

Game Info: Monday, January 8, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild +116 / Dallas Stars -140 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Dallas Stars will play the Minnesota Wild on Monday night at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Dallas has lost three games in a row, while Minnesota has lost four of their last five. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Stars vs Wild prediction.

Stars Preview

The Dallas Stars are 22-11-5 this year after they lost to Nashville by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Dallas trailed 2-0 in the second period, but they were able to tie the game heading into the third period, before Nashville pulled away. The Stars out shot Nashville by a total of 29-22 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Dallas has also lost to Colorado and Montreal during this three game losing streak. The Stars are scoring 3.58 goals per game and they are allowing 3.13 goals against per game, while going 22.9% on the power play and 85% on the penalty kill. Jason Robertson has led Dallas with 13 goals, 26 assists, and 111 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Dallas is Scott Wedgewood, who is 11-4-3 this season with a 3.17 goals against average and a .894 save percentage. 

Wild Preview

The Minnesota Wild are 17-17-4 this season after they defeated Columbus in overtime by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Minnesota trailed 3-2 late in the third period, but they were able to force overtime and get the win. The Wild out shot Columbus by a total of 37-28 and went 2-4 on the power play in the game. Minnesota had lost their previous four games against Tampa Bay, Calgary, and Winnipeg (twice). The Wild are scoring 2.97 goals per game and they are allowing 3.18 goals against per game, while going 19% on the power play and 72.7% on the penalty kill. Mats Zuccarello has led Minnesota with six goals, 23 assists, and 81 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 7-8-2 this year with a 3.07 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. After this back-to-back set against the Stars, the Wild will take on the Flyers.

Minnesota Wild Team Facts

  • The Wild have won each of their last 12 home games against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Wild have covered the puck line in each of their last eight games as home underdogs following an overtime win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Wild's last 10 home games against the Stars.
  • The Wild have lost the first period in each of their last four games as underdogs after coming off overtime.

Dallas Stars Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won each of the Stars' last three games.
  • The Stars have failed to cover the puck line in 10 of their last 11 games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Stars' last eight night games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • The Stars have won the second period in each of their last four games against the Wild.

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Mats Zuccarello has recorded at least one point in nine of his last 10 appearances in night games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • Kirill Kaprizov has scored at least one goal in four of his last five appearances.
  • Mats Zuccarello has recorded an assist in each of his last seven Monday night appearances.
  • Brock Faber ranks 1st amongst rookies for average time on ice (24:48) this season.

Dallas Stars Player Prop Facts

  • Tyler Seguin has scored at least one goal in each of the Stars' last three games against Central Division opponents.
  • Jason Robertson has recorded at least one point in eight of the Stars' last nine games as favorites.
  • Mason Marchment has recorded at least one assist in each of the Stars' last four games.
  • Jason Robertson has scored two goals against the Wild this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Minnesota Wild rank T30th in the league for power play goals against this season (36).
  • The Minnesota Wild rank 4th in the league in penalty minutes this season (454).
  • The Dallas Stars rank 31st in the league in penalty minutes this season (275).
  • The Dallas Stars rank 2nd in the league for Period 2 goals allowed per game this season (0.79).

Stars vs Wild Betting Prediction

Minnesota was able to snap their losing streak in their last game against Columbus, but they were fortunate to tie the game with very little time remaining. The Wild have struggled recently and they are dealing with quite a few injuries right now. Dallas is 10-4-3 on the road, but they are currently on a three game losing streak. The Stars have allowed 13 goals in their last three games, but this Minnesota offense has only scored more than two goals in one of their last five games. Take the Stars here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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