Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars 1/3/2015 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 1/2/2015
Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET
American Airlines Center in Dallas
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The Minnesota Wild, who have won just eight of their 18 road games this season, will travel to face the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
Minnesota has been able to win both of their games against the Stars so far this season. Their most recent matchup came in late November when the Wild came away with a 5-4 overtime win on home ice.
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In six starts against the Stars in his career, Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper has a 4-2-0 record with a solid .921 save percentage and a 2.65 GAA. Left wing Zach Parise has nine goals and 13 assists in his 16 games against Dallas, while star defenseman Ryan Suter has 14 points and a plus/minus of +4 against them in 35 career games.
On Wednesday night, the Stars were able to win their third game in a row by blowing out the Arizona Coyotes 6-0 at home. Goalie Kari Lehtonen was excellent in that win, saving all 32 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season.
Through 36 games this season, the Stars are in the bottom half of the league in goals against and power play percentage. Lehtonen now has a 16-8-5 record on the season with a .908 save percentage and a 2.86 GAA. Left wing Jamie Benn is playing at an All-Star level this season and currently has 11 goals with 21 assists.
Minnesota Wild Betting Trends
Minnesota Wild are 17-18-0 Against the Spread
Minnesota Wild are 14-16-0 against the Over/Under
Dallas Stars Betting Trends
Dallas Stars are 17-19-0 Against the Spread
Dallas Stars are 19-16-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/31/14 D Jonas Brodin Upper Body "?" Friday vs Toronto
12/28/14 C Mikael Granlund Wrist expected to miss 1 month
12/17/14 GO Josh Harding Illness out indefinitely
12/10/14 D Keith Ballard Concussion out indefinitely
01/02/15 C Brett Sutter Illness expected to miss Friday vs. Toronto
01/02/15 LW Jason Zucker Flu "?" Friday vs. Toronto
12/31/14 C Shawn Horcoff Illness "?" Saturday vs Minnesota
12/03/14 RW Patrick Eaves Foot expected to miss 1-2 months
11/15/14 RW Valeri Nichushkin Hip expected to miss 4 months
10/20/14 D Patrick Nemeth Arm out for season
10/05/14 C Rich Peverley Heart out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Dallas
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