NHL Picks & Betting Tips for Wild vs. Stars

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, March 8, 2014 7:11 PM GMT

Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014 7:11 PM GMT

The Stars host the Wild on Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas,Texas with the opening face-off slated for 8:35 PM ET. Who should we be backing for our free NHL picks here?

According to NHL betting odds the Stars are a -125 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. The home team has won 22 of the last 28 meetings between these clubs, and the Stars have won 19 of their last 21 at home versus the Wild. Minnesota is currently 4th in the Central Division, and 7th overall in the Western Conference. Dallas is 5th in the Central Division, and 8th overall in the Western Conference.

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Wild and Winning

The Minnesota Wild have returned from the Olympic break by winning 4 in a row, and have won 5 in a row overall. During that 5-game winning streak Minnesota has allowed just a combined 6-goals. The recent win streak isn't anything new. The Wild have earned at least 1-point in 16 of their last 20-games. Following tonight's game the Wild will begin a 4-game in 7-day home stand starting tomorrow versus the St. Louis Blues. Minnesota hasn't played since a 3-2 home win over the Calgary Flames on Monday. The Wild haven't gone over the total since a 4-3 loss at Calgary on February 1st.

The Stars are Shining

If you would've told Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff before the season began, that the Stars would be sitting 8th overall in the Western Conference with 19-games to play, he assuredly he would've replied "where do I sign up for that to occur". Although many believed the Stars would be improved, there wasn't a whole lot of experts that predicted that they would be a serious playoff contender this late in the season. If the Stars are to finish the task, and qualify for the playoffs, they're going to have to be better than average on the road. Following tonight they will play 11 of their final 18 regular season games on the road. Since resuming play following the Olympic break the Stars have more than held serve by going 3-2. Dallas has gone over the total in just 6 of their last 30-games versus Western Conference opponents.

2013-14 NHL Stanley Cup Betting Futures

NHL Betting System

Any money line road underdog of between +100 to +150 that allows 2.55 goals or less per game, and they allowed 2-goals or less in each of their last 5-games, has gone 28-8 (77.8%) over the last 5 seasons. Take Minnesota over Dallas for your free hockey picks.

NHL Pick: Minnesota +110 over Dallas

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