The Minnesota Wild (28-21-5) welcome the Dallas Stars (30-14-11) at Xcel Energy Center on Friday. Dallas is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against the Bruins on Tuesday. Jason Robertson and Roope Hintz each scored once for the Stars.
Robertson added an assist to share the scoring lead with Joe Pavelski, who had two assists. Jake Oettinger had 34 saves in the loss. Minnesota fell 3-2 to the Avalanche on Wednesday. Kirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek both scored once for the Wild.
Mats Zuccarello had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Marc-Andre Fleury only had 16 saves on 19 shots against (.842%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Stars have won two of the three games between the teams this season, including a 4-1 victory in their most recent meeting on February 8. Hintz (1G 1A) and Robertson (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Dallas. Eriksson Ek scored Minnesota’s only goal. Oettinger got the win, saving 38 of 39 shots (.974%).
Dallas is averaging 3.29 goals per game for the season, 12th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Wild team that is allowing 2.85 goals a game (12th).
Meanwhile, Minnesota has found the net 2.89 times a game on average, 24th in the league, and the Stars are holding opponents to 2.55 goals per game (2nd).
Power play opportunities are likely to be plentiful for the Stars, as the Wild have been penalized 4.54 times a game, fifth-most in the NHL, for an average of 12.02 minutes (third-highest). The visitors are averaging 3.78 penalties (15th) and 8.87 penalty minutes a game (15th).
The Wild’s 23.98% power play percentage ranks eighth in the league, while the Stars are ninth with a conversion rate of 23.64%. Dallas has been equally successful at penalty killing, boasting the league’s second-highest PK% at 83.98%. Minnesota ranks 10th at 81.11%.
With 71 points this season, seventh-most in the NHL, Robertson is the top skater for the Stars. He is among the league leaders with 34 goals (5th) and has added 37 assists.
In the net, Oettinger (23-7-8) is Dallas’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.23 GAA, third-best in the league, and a .925% save percentage, also third-best.Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 64 points.
He has 31 goals and 33 assists. Filip Gustavsson (12-8-2) has the best goals against average for Minnesota at 2.18, second-best in the league.
He has a save percentage of .926%, also second-best. Fleury (16-12-3) has played the most games in net for the Wild this season. He has a 2.98 GAA and a .902% save percentage.
HOME AND AWAY
Dallas is 15-8-4 away from home this season. Minnesota is 16-10-2 at Xcel Energy Center this season.
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