Minnesota wild at dallas stars
Tonight, is the night that the NHL Playoffs begin, and each team starts their road to the Stanley Cup. The game that we’re going to be looking at here though is the Wild vs the Stars. Both of these teams made the playoffs in the 2021-2022 season, but both teams also made a first-round exit. The Wild fell to the Blues in 6 games and the Stars took it all the way to 7 but couldn’t get past Calgary.
Both of these teams had great season with the Stars finishing with a 47-21-14 record which was enough to get them the 4 seed, and the Wild finishing with a 46-25-11 record which clinched them the 6 seed. The last time that these two teams faced off in the first round of the playoffs was in 2016 where the Stars won the series in 6 games. They also beat the Wild in the first game of that series with a 4-0 win in Dallas. I could see this series going pretty much the same way. Overall, I believe that this is going to be a very tight series that probably ends up going to 7 games, but let’s talk about who I think is going to take game one tonight.
During the regular season these teams faced each other 4 times where each team won two out of the four. In those games the over only hit once and the losing team only scored over one goal one time. In tonight’s matchup we’ll see Jake Oettinger in goal for the Stars and Filip Gustavsson in goal for the Wild. Both goalies average just over 2 GAA, and both are sitting with records while over .500. The Stars have been much better at scoring this season as they have an average of 3.41 GPG while the Wild have an average of 2.91 gpg. The Wild also have many players such as Johansson and Sundqvist who are day to day, but I don’t believe they will see too much of the ice tonight. I think I can see the future with exactly how this game is going to end up so here we go.
The Stars are at home and the environment in Dallas is going to be crazy. The Wild have struggled to score at times this season and Jake Oettinger has been absolutely money in net for the Stars. I don’t see a way where Oettinger lets in more than two goals tonight, but I don’t see the Stars putting too many pucks in the net tonight either. So, here are the plays:
Hammer: Stars ML
Hammer: Min/Dal u5.5
Sprinkle: Correct Score: Stars 3 Wild 1