The Wild was able to capitalize on a Golden Knights team completing a back-to-back on the road, overpowering Vegas 5-2 Friday at home.
And now it’ll try to avoid the same fate, as it faces the Stars in Dallas Saturday.
“I think playing a Central Division game, I’ve got to believe we have not been overtaxed with games lately,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “So I think there’s a good reason to believe that we will try to bring our 'A' game there as well.”
Dallas has been waiting for the Wild, as its last game was Thursday in Arizona – a 4-1 win over the Coyotes. The Stars will be without goalie Ben Bishop, who took a puck to the face on the bench while backing up Thursday. Kari Lehtonen will get the start.
The Wild didn’t skate Saturday morning in Dallas, so it’s unclear if it’ll roll out the same lineup or make a few tweaks.
A case could certainly be made for keeping the group that impressed against Vegas together. The team had four different goal scorers, potted a pair of power-play goals and the blue line combined for eight points.
“It just goes to show when we play that way, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing against, we’re going to come out with wins more times than not,” forward Charlie Coyle said. “All the way up and down the lineup, everyone contributed and played well. That’s huge for our team, and hopefully we can keep that going.”
Jason Zucker-Mikko Koivu-Mikael Granlund
Nino Niederreiter-Eric Staal-Tyler Ennis
Zach Parise-Joel Eriksson Ek-Charlie Coyle
Marcus Foligno-Matt Cullen-Daniel Winnik
Ryan Suter- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin-Matt Dumba
Mike Reilly-Nate Prosser
6-0-2: The Wild’s record against the Stars in their last eight meetings.
122: Points by Wild defensemen, which ranks tops in the NHL.
7: Straight games with at least one power-play goal for the Wild.
6: Assists for Stars defenseman John Klingberg in his last five games.
18: Points in Dallas captain Jamie Benn’s past 18 games.
About the Stars:
Despite a pair of recent regulation losses, the Stars have been mostly on the upswing lately. Dallas has gone 5-2-1 in its last eight, and its offense has been potent. In its last three wins, the team has scored a combined 17 goals. Three players have already eclipsed the 40-point plateau: Klingberg (49), winger Alexander Radulov (48) and Benn (47). Center Tyler Seguin has a team-high 24 goals.