Wild at Stars 2/1/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

By: Adam |

Last Updated: 08/08/2019 at 9:08 AM ET

The Minnesota Wild have clawed their way back to playoff contention as they are sitting in 3rd place in the Central Division on the season right now. However, the Wild still have to work on balancing out the offense and the defensive side of the puck as they have had quite a few struggles on the season when it comes to getting these balanced out at the exact same time period.

If this tells you anything about the balance between the offense and the defense of the Wild the team is scoring 2.82 goals a game and allowing 2.82 goals a game. When it comes to the power play the Wild have been able to convert at 20.9% and have managed to kill off 84.2%. Dallas has actually fallen a single point behind the Wild on the season and have slipped down into 4th place in the Central Division. This is a position the Stars could easily start to overcome if they are able to ply really well in this game here and that is a distinct possibility for the Stars. Now the Stars are starting to look for a great game here and that is going to be possible if Ben Bishop is able to show up big in the net in this game.

The Stars on the year have been able to score 2.54 which is a very low scoring average, but the defense is giving up only 2.56 goals a game and that is second best in the league. The power play for the Stars has been able to convert at 20.5%. When it comes to killing off the opponents power play the Stars have been able to kill off 83.2% of the opponents power plays.

The Stars are playing some great hockey at home this year and it should continue in this game here as the Stars have been able to take down some big names on home ice. The good balance of the Wild is helpful, but the offense really needs to step up more and against a prolific defense like the Stars it will not happen in this game as the Dallas Stars bring home a win here. Final Score Prediction, Dallas Stars win 2-1.

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