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First Round Matchup: Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars come into this series as the 2nd ranked team in the NHL, and 1st place in the Western Conference and Central division. Their opponent, the Minnesota Wild, will be in tough company taking on the Stars. The Wild got into the playoffs in the 2nd wild card spot in the West with 87 points.

Dallas will hold home ice advantage in the series.


Broadcast Schedule:

G1 Thurs. April 14 Minnesota @ Dallas, 9:30PM ET SN360

G2 Sat. April 16 Minnesota @ Dallas, 8:00PM ET SN

G3 Mon. April 18 Dallas @ Minnesota, 8:30PM ET SN

G4 Wed. April 20 Dallas @ Minnesota, 9:30PM ET SN360

G5 Fri. April 22 Minnesota @ Dallas, TBD

G6 Sun. April 24 Dallas @ Minnesota, TBD

G7 Tues. April 26 Minnesota @ Dallas, TBD


ADVANCED STATS:

Dallas: 5on5CF% – 52.6; 5on5Sv% – .916; 5on5Sh% – 7.87; PDO = 99.5

Minnesota: 5on5CF% – 47.7; 5on5Sv% – .930; 5on5Sh% – 7.76; PDO = 100.8


Dallas Stars

  • 1st in the Central
  • 1st in the Western Conference
  • 50-23-9

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The Stars were led this year by the duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. The two, along with the rest of the Stars scored 265 goals which was good for first in the NHL. A question for the Stars however is questionable after finishing 20th in the league for GA’s with 227. Dallas will be dependent on their defense and goaltending to bail them out when the offense isn’t clicking.

GPG – 1st in the league, 3.23

GAA – 20th in the league, 2.79

PP PCT – 5th in the league, 22.1%

PK PCT – 10th in the league, 82.4%

Minnesota Wild

  • 5th in the Central
  • 8th in the Western Conference
  • 38-33-11

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Big guns like Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Devan Dubnyk along with young guns Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund carried the load for the Wild. It came down to the final 15 games of the season where they had to fight with the Avalanche for the final wild card spot.  With 213 goals the Wild sat 17th in the league for GF and 9th for GA’s with 204. With Zach Parise in question for round 1 with a back injury, can the rest of the team take on a heavy work load against the Western Conference champions?

GPG – 16th in the league, 2.62

GAA – 10th in the league, 2.49

PP PCT – 12th in the league, 18.9%

PK PCT – 27th in the league, 77.7%

Head-to-Head:

Dallas: 4-1-0

Minnesota: 1-1-3


Leaders:

Dallas:

Goals: Jamie Benn – 41

Assists: Jamie Benn – 48

Plus/Minus: John Klingberg – +22

Powerplay Goals: Jamie Benn – 17

Goalie Wins: Kari Lehtonen/Antti Niemi – 25

Goalie Save %: Kari Lehtonen – .906

Minnesota:

Goals: Zach Parise – 25

Assists: Ryan Suter – 43

Plus/Minus: Erik Haula – +21

Powerplay Goals: Mikko Koivu – 10

Goalie Wins: Devan Dubnyk – 32

Goalie Save %: Devan Dubnyk – .918

Key Injuries:

Dallas:

  • Patrik Nemeth – Illness, day-to-day
  • Brett Ritchie -Lower-body, day-to-day
  • Tyler Seguin – Achilles, day-to-day
  • Mattias Janmark – Lower-body, day-to-day

Minnesota:

  • Zach Parise – Undisclosed injury, day-to-day
  • Thomas Vanek – Undisclosed injury, day-to-day

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