National Hockey League
Preview
Dallas at Minnesota
When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, February 22, 2015
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota


The Minnesota Wild have surged back into postseason contention and look to keep the momentum going against another playoff hopeful when they host the Dallas Stars on Sunday night. Buoyed by the acquisition of goaltender Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota is 10-1-1 in its last 12 to move within a point of eighth place in the Western Conference. The Wild won the first three meetings with the Stars this season before they were throttled at Dallas 7-1 on Jan. 3.

Dallas, which is sitting four points behind Minnesota, must regroup from a crushing home loss to Detroit on Saturday night, falling in overtime 7-6 after blowing a pair of two-goal leads in the third period. The Stars have dropped three of four since losing leading scorer Tyler Seguin and Patrick Eaves to injury and now face a pair of tough division road matchups against the Wild and Winnipeg. Dallas has fared well on the road, winning six of its last nine.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports

ABOUT THE STARS (27-23-9): Captain Jamie Benn continues to shoulder the offensive load in the absence of Seguin, recording seven goals and four assists during a six-game point streak. Defenseman Trevor Daley is coming off back-to-back two-point performances to raise his goal total to a career-high 16 after tallying 13 times over 111 games in the previous two seasons. Forward Ales Hemsky, who was injured in the same contest as Seguin and Eaves, returned to the lineup Saturday and collected a pair of assists to give him seven points in his last nine games.

ABOUT THE WILD (30-21-7): One of the lowest points for Minnesota was a 7-2 drubbing at Pittsburgh on Jan. 13 that capped a six-game losing streak and came one day before the acquisition of Dubnyk, who has started all 16 games since to spark the Wild to a 12-2-2 mark. Captain Mikko Koivu has been instrumental during that stretch, notching 16 points in the 16 games after blasting his teammates for an "embarrassing" performance versus the Penguins. Koivu had two assists Friday for his 114th multi-point effort to tie Marian Gaborik's team record.

OVERTIME

1. Dubnyk is 2-6-1 with a 3.43 goals-against average versus Dallas.

2. Stars backup G Jhonas Enroth could be in line for a start, but he has yielded 12 goals in two starts versus the Wild this season.

3. Wild F Zach Parise had nine goals and 23 points in 17 games against the Stars.

PREDICTION: Wild 4, Stars 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Dallas 27-23-7-2 L2 12-12-5-2 15-11-2-0 3-2-0-0 24-21-7-2 5-10-4-2
Minnesota 30-21-5-2 W2 16-7-4-1 14-14-1-1 3-2-0-0 27-19-5-2 9-5-3-1
Last Meeting
Dallas Minnesota
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/3/15 MIN 1 DAL 7 35 21 1-5 22 28 1-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Dallas J. Oleksiak 3
Minnesota M. Koivu 1
Goals Player  
Dallas V. Fiddler 2
Minnesota T. Vanek 1
Assists Player  
Dallas J. Oleksiak 3
Minnesota M. Koivu 1
Saves Player  
Dallas K. Lehtonen 21
Minnesota D. Kuemper 17
Season
Total Points Player  
Dallas T. Seguin 66
Minnesota Z. Parise 49
Goals Player  
Dallas T. Seguin 32
Minnesota Z. Parise 25
Assists Player  
Dallas J. Spezza 39
Minnesota J. Pominville 34
Saves Player  
Dallas K. Lehtonen 1385
Minnesota D. Kuemper 675
Quickchart Matchup
Dallas Off vs  Minnesota Def
3.14 GF
2.62 GA
31.1 Shots
26.9 Shots
38 PP
23 PK
Minnesota Off vs  Dallas Def
2.76 GF
3.22 GA
31.3 Shots
31.1 Shots
29 PP
39 PK