Minnesota at Dallas
When: 8:30 PM
ET, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
The Minnesota Wild attempt to extend their season-high winning streak to six games when they visit the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Minnesota, which is first in the wild-card standings in the Western Conference, has been idle since posting a 3-2 home victory over Calgary on Monday. Defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored a power-play goal 5:49 into the third period to snap a tie as the Wild improved to 5-0-1 in their last six contests.
Dallas, which occupies the second wild-card spot, continues its three-game homestand which began with a 6-1 triumph over Vancouver on Thursday. Tyler Seguin recorded his third hat trick of the season and added two assists as the Stars climbed within five points of Minnesota in the standings. The Wild posted a pair of home victories before the Stars recorded a 4-0 triumph at Dallas on Jan. 21.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NHLN, FSN North (Minnesota), FSN Southwest (Dallas)
ABOUT THE WILD (34-21-7): Minnesota is expected to have its new additions in the lineup Saturday, with Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick making their debuts and Ilya Bryzgalov dressing as the backup goaltender. Moulson and McCormick were acquired from Buffalo at Wednesday's trade deadline for Torrey Mitchell and a pair of draft picks, while Bryzgalov was obtained from Edmonton a day earlier. Rookie Darcy Kuemper, who will be making his 15th consecutive start, has not lost in regulation since Jan. 21 at Dallas (7-0-2).
ABOUT THE STARS (30-23-10): Tim Thomas could make his debut for the Stars after serving as Kari Lehtonen's backup Thursday, one day after being acquired from Florida for fellow netminder Dan Ellis. A two-time Vezina Trophy winner, Thomas went 16-20-3 with a 2.87 goals-against average in 40 games with the Panthers as he returned to the NHL this season after sitting out 2012-13. Captain Jamie Benn has recorded two goals and seven assists in his last six games.
1. Dallas will retire Mike Modano's No. 9 during a pregame ceremony.
2. Spurgeon has recorded a goal and four assists in five games since returning from a broken foot.
3. The Stars have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 14 contests (9-3-2).
PREDICTION: Stars 3, Wild 2
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