NHL Picks: Wild vs. Stars

David Lawrence

Friday, March 29, 2013 11:48 AM GMT

It's a small slate today in the professional hockey world. Here we look at the match-up and betting odds for the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild!

The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars will finish up their home-and-home series on Friday. On Monday, the Wild took the first leg 7-4 and then flew back home to earn a 4-3 win over Phoenix. As for the Stars, they’ve had the week off to their about their putrid performance on Monday, so they should be rested for Friday’s affair. Let's take a look at the NHL betting odds that have been lined out for us for this match-up.

Record: 101-106 (+195)

The Minnesota Wild can win because...

They are playing their best hockey of the season. The Wild are in the winningest month of the season as they have won 11 of their last 15 games. They’ve won seven straight, which includes the win over the Dallas Stars on Monday. Their offense is clicking, evidenced by the fact that eight different players registered two points or more in Monday’s win.

The Stars are fading as they’ve lost six of nine. They’ve also lost four of their last six at home, so the Wild should be more than capable of getting the job done on Friday.

The Dallas Stars can win because…

They’ll dodge Niklas Backstrom on Friday. Backstrom has started 16 of the last 17 games for Minnesota and he’s expected to get a rest. That means either Matt Hackett or Darcy Kuemper will be in net, which is a serious downgrade.

Kari Lehtonen is expected to get another shot at the Wild on Friday and he’s coming off an awful effort. He gave up a season-high six goals but that’s uncharacteristic for him. He allowed just two goals while winning each of his previous three in the series. Expect an effort closer to that.

With the edge in net, the scales should tip in Dallas’ favor.

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Outlook & Pick

The Stars lost to the Wild at home on Monday but before that had won 18 of the last 22 meetings they’ve hosted. I don’t particularly want to bet against a hot Wild squad but with Backstrom on the bench, look for the Stars to get back on track for your NHL betting here.

NHL Picks: Stars +102 at Pinnacle