The Minnesota Wild and the Dallas Stars wrap up their divisional series on Thursday night with the visitors looking to draw even in the series. The Stars have the 2-1 edge after winning the last two meetings, but bookmakers are favoring the Wild to win this final regular-season meeting.
Will the Wild come through on their favorable NHL odds or will the Stars deliver the so-called “betting upset” at home? Find out as we preview this highly anticipated showdown and serve up NHL predictions and picks.
Wild Win Two In a Row
The Minnesota Wild are in a good position to make the playoffs with just ten games left on the season. The Wild sit in second place in the Central Division behind a solid 45-21-6 mark and 96 points through 72 games. They’re tied with the St. Louis Blues (also on 96 points), and both the Wild and Blues are seven points ahead of the Nashville Predators and eight points ahead of the Dallas Stars.
The Wild are riding a two-game winning streak in Thursday’s clash with the Stars, improving to a 7-1-2 mark in their last ten games. They beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 and the Edmonton Oilers 5-1, although both of those were played on the home ice. On the road, the Wild are a modest 19-14-4 this season. This includes a 2-1-1 record in their last four away games.
The energy in our locker room is unmatched 😤
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) April 14, 2022
Stars Win Two In a Row
The Dallas Stars are fifth in the Central Division standings with a 42-27-4 mark and 88 points through 73 games. They are eight points behind the tandem of Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues, but if the playoffs started today, they’d squeak through as the second Wild Card entrant.
Most recently, the Stars advanced their cause with a narrow 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at home. It marked their second straight win after beating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 in the Windy City. In their last ten, the Stars are 6-3-1. They’re 2-1-1 in their last four at home.
— ESPN (@espn) April 13, 2022
The Stars defense stepped up against the two-time Stanley Cup champions, stifling their high-powered offense through three periods and rendering it scoreless. While the outcome was an upset according to the betting online odds, it wasn’t surprising. The Stars defense, more so than its offense, has dictated play this season and it’s the strength of its backline that will carry it to the postseason, if at all.
Wild vs Stars Head-to-Head
The Minnesota Wild trail the Dallas Stars 4-6-0 in the last ten meetings while the total went 5-3-2 during the same stretch. The Stars, by contrast, have the slight advantage behind a 6-3-1 record, including a back-to-back winning streak this season.
The Stars beat the Wild 7-4 in Dallas on December 20, 2021. Then took the 6-3 win over the Wild on the road on March 6, 2022. The Wild took the first meeting 7-2 on November 18, 2021.
Wild vs Stars Game Information
- Game: Wild (45-21-6) vs Stars (42-27-4)
- Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 14th, 2022, 8:05 p.m. ET
- Wild vs Stars Live stream: NHL.TV
Wild vs Stars Betting Lines
Wild vs Stars Prediction
The Dallas Stars are clinging to the final playoff spot by the slimmest of threads right now. Only nine games remain on their schedule, so they can’t take too many chances. Every single game is a “must-win” game, including Thursday’s date with the Minnesota Wild.
The Stars will be buoyed by the fact that they’ve beaten the Wild in their last two meetings, doing so quite comfortably, but they can’t take anything for granted.
The Wild are in a better position in the standings, but they have yet to clinch a spot in the postseason. This means they will be just as motivated to take maximum points.
This is a bit of a tossup for NHL picks but the Wild should come through as the favorites here.
Pick: Minnesota Wild -120