Stars-Wild Preview

Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
Monday March 25
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (15-13-3) opened a five-game homestand with a 5-2 victory over Colorado on Saturday. The Stars scored 34 seconds into the game, and had a 4-0 lead by early in the second period.

“If we come to play and we play all 60 minutes, we’re a good hockey team,” said Stars defenseman Jordie Benn, who scored his first NHL goal in the game. “We’ve had some pretty good first periods and if we can get a good second and third period like we did tonight, you never know what can happen.”

It was the second straight win for the Stars, who moved into the top eight in Western Conference.

The Stars Sunday traded LW Brenden Morrow and a third round pick to Pittsburgh for D Joe Morrow and a fifth round pick.

Injuries: D Aaron Rome (foot) is questionable. F Ryan Garbutt (hand) is out.

About the Wild

The Wild (18-10-2) are the hottest team in the Western Conference. They come into Monday’s game with five straight wins and an 8-2-0 mark over their last 10 games. The Wild defeated San Jose, 2-0, in St. Paul Saturday afternoon.

“We played a solid game,” said Wild forward Zach Parise, who scored the Wild’s first goal. “We didn’t give them too much and when we did (goaltender Niklas Backstrom) was outstanding. It was a good win after a tough road trip. It was a good way to respond.”

The Wild recalled F Jake Dowell and G Darcy Kuemper from Houston of the AHL on Sunday and sent F Jason Zucker and G Matt Hackett to Houston.

Injuries: C Mike Rupp (lower body) is doubtful. G Josh Harding (illness) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Wild.

*January 20, Dallas at Minnesota: Wild 1, Stars 0

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have outscored their opponents 7-0 in first periods over the last four games.

*Minnesota has allowed two first period goals over the last eight games.

*Minnesota has scored on the power play in nine of the last ten games and is 10-33 (30.3%) on the PP during that stretch.

*Minnesota has allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of the last 20 games.

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in 16 of their last 22 games.

*Stars forward Jaromir Jagr has scored 8 goals in the last 11 games.

*Wild center Mikko Koivu has 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) in the last 10 games.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Wild
Record 15-13-3 18-10-2
Home 7-6-2 11-3-1
Away 8-7-1 7-7-1
Last 5 3-2-0 5-0-0
Last 10 5-4-1 8-2-0
Streak Won 2 Won 5
Goals/game 2.64 (15th) 2.53 (19th)
Goals against/game 2.87 (22nd) 2.33 (4th)
5-on-5  F/A 1.00 (18th) 1.00 (17th)
Power play 16.8 (20th) 18.9 (14th)
Penalty kill 81.9 (13th) 86.2 (3rd)
Shots/game 27.0 (26th) 27.9 (20th)
Shots against/game 30.2 (22nd) 28.3 (13th)
Faceoffs 47.6 (24th) 52.9 (3rd)
Team Leaders Stars Wild
Goals Jagr: 13 Parise: 12
Assists: Jamie Benn, Goligoski: 16 Suter: 24
Points: Jagr: 24 Koivu, Suter: 26
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 12-7-2, 2.29, .923
Bachman: 2-3-0, 4.27, .838
Nilstorp, 1-3-1, 3.09, .897
Backstrom: 16-7-2, 2.23, .921
Kuemper: 1-2-0, 2.22, .924
Harding: 1-1-0, 2.92, .885

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