|53||MINNESOTA||+135||Ov 6,-110||+120||Ov 6,+105|
|54||DALLAS||-155||Un 6,-110||-140||Un 6,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||0-2-0||-2.2||0-2||-2.2||0-1||1.5||26.0||4.0||34.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.5||2-3||-1.5||2-2||2.6||31.6||3.0||37.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||14||4||4||5||1||0||179||7.8%||18||3||16.7%||25|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2||3||2||1||0||0||0||52||5.8%||7||1||14.3%||6|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||3||4||5||1||0||158||8.2%||15||3||20.0%||23|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||3||7||2||3||1||1||0||98||7.1%||9||1||11.1%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||19||6||4||7||2||4||229||8.3%||26||5||19.2%||30|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||8||2||3||3||0||3||68||11.8%||6||2||33.3%||11|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||5||3||5||2||2||189||7.9%||23||4||17.4%||24|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||11||4||3||4||0||3||98||11.2%||11||3||27.3%||16|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||5||5||199||187||94.0%||0||2-3||-1.7||2-3-0||-1||2-3|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)||1||1||38||36||94.7%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (vs. Division)||2||2||68||63||92.6%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||161||151||93.8%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||1||1||27||24||88.9%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Road Games)||1||1||27||24||88.9%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (vs. Division)||1||1||27||24||88.9%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)||1||1||27||24||88.9%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-1-0||+1.8||3-1||+1.8||2-1||4.2||36.2||2.7||29.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-2||2-3||-2||2-2||3.0||36.4||3.6||29.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||18||4||10||4||0||1||207||8.7%||18||7||38.9%||34|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4||17||3||10||4||0||1||145||11.7%||11||6||54.5%||32|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||7||4||0||1||182||8.2%||16||7||43.7%||28|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||1||5||2||1||2||0||0||35||14.3%||5||3||60.0%||9|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||18||5||8||5||0||2||176||10.2%||18||4||22.2%||28|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||11||4||5||2||0||1||118||9.3%||10||3||30.0%||20|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||5||8||5||0||2||146||12.3%||16||4||25.0%||28|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||1||0||1||0||0||0||33||3.0%||3||0||0.0%||2|
|BEN BISHOP (All Games)||4||4||115||105||91.3%||1||2-2||-1||2-2-0||-1||1-2|
|BEN BISHOP (Home Games)||3||3||92||85||92.4%||1||2-1||+0.8||2-1-0||+1||1-1|
|BEN BISHOP (vs. Division)||1||1||33||32||97.0%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)||4||4||115||105||91.3%||1||2-2||-1||2-2-0||-1||1-2|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||2||2||59||53||89.8%||1||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Home Games)||1||1||25||22||88.0%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||2||2||59||53||89.8%||1||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 3.27, DALLAS 3.35|
|10/4/2018||at COLORADO||1-4||L||0, -115||L||6 un||U|
|10/6/2018||VEGAS||1-2||L||0, -120||L||5.5 ev||U|
|10/11/2018||CHICAGO||4-3||W||0, -175||W||6 ev||O|
|10/13/2018||CAROLINA||4-5||L||0, -135||L||6 ev||O|
|10/15/2018||at NASHVILLE||2-4||L||0, +170||L||6 un||P|
|10/16/2018||ARIZONA||2-1||W||0, -160||W||5.5 ev||U|
|10/19/2018||at DALLAS|| |
|10/20/2018||TAMPA BAY|| |
|10/25/2018||LOS ANGELES|| |
|10/29/2018||at VANCOUVER|| |
|10/30/2018||at EDMONTON|| |
|10/4/2018||ARIZONA||3-0||W||0, -185||W||6 un||U|
|10/6/2018||WINNIPEG||5-1||W||0, +100||W||6 ev||P|
|10/9/2018||TORONTO||4-7||L||0, -120||L||6.5 un||O|
|10/13/2018||ANAHEIM||5-3||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||O|
|10/15/2018||at OTTAWA||1-4||L||0, -175||L||6.5 un||U|
|10/16/2018||at NEW JERSEY||0-3||L||0, +120||L||6 ov||U|
|10/23/2018||LOS ANGELES|| |
|10/28/2018||at DETROIT|| |
|10/30/2018||at MONTREAL|| |
|MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Third in Central Division. |
LOST to Winnipeg Jets in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (third season, 12th NHL season).
ADDED: RW J.T. Brown, C Eric Fehr, C Matt Hendricks, RW Matt Read, D Greg Pateryn, D Matt Bartkowski.
LOST: C Matt Cullen, LW Tyler Ennis, RW Daniel Winnik.
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Zach Parise. After missing the first 39 games because of a lower back problem that required surgery, Parise's delayed start was predictably slow. He scored 12 goals in his last 18 games of the regular season, though, and scored in each of the first three playoff games until being knocked out of action again by a broken sternum. Parise, who's entering his 14th NHL season at age 34, isn't built to be the team's premier scorer but needs to replicate that productivity down the stretch to help keep the offense balanced.
OUTLOOK: New GM Paul Fenton made only minor moves this summer for fresh faces on the fourth line and more depth on defense, so the Wild will rely on the same core that has been bounced out of the playoffs in the first round three straight times and won only two series over the last six years. Just reaching the postseason again in the rugged Western Conference would be an accomplishment in itself, and Boudreau has as strong of an 82-game track record as any bench boss in the league. Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, who's coming off a serious ankle injury that kept him out of the playoffs, must stay healthy throughout the seventh year of their identical $98 million megadeals. Wings Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter also have to bounce back from down seasons.
|DALLAS: LAST SEASON: 42-32-8. Sixth in Central Division.
COACH: Jim Montgomery (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: LW Blake Comeau, RW Valeri Nichushkin, D Roman Polak, G Anton Khudobin.
LOST: F Antoine Roussel, F Curtis McKenzie. D Dan Hamhuis, D Greg Pateryn, G Kari Lehtonen.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Five-time All-Star center Tyler Seguin won't have to answer questions about his future in Dallas. The 26-year-old Seguin, who could have been an unrestricted free agent after this season, should be free from distractions after signing a nearly $80 million, eight-year contract extension through the 2026-27 season. Seguin had a career-high 40 goals last season.
OUTLOOK: Montgomery makes the jump from the college ranks (University of Denver), where he had an offensive team. As a first-time NHL
COACH, he has the prolific scoring duo of Seguin and 29-year-old team captain Jamie Benn (signed through 2024-25) on a line with Alexander Radulov. But the Stars have to get more consistent scoring outside of that top line. On defense, John Klingberg led all NHL defensemen with 59 assists last season, and Marc Methot is healthy after being limited 36 games in his Dallas debut. Only a late slide kept the Stars out of the playoffs last season ' they missed the postseason for the eighth time in 10 seasons.
|Wild, Stars renew central rivalry in Dallas|
DALLAS -- Last season, the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars squared off four times with each team winning twice.
And on Friday night, these Central Division rivals will renew their rivalry with a game at American Airlines Center, the first of five meetings this season.
The Wild (2-2-2, 6 points) are 0-2-0 on the road but Minnesota defeated Arizona 2-1 on Tuesday in the Twin Cities.
Minnesota has a minus-5 goal differential, but center Mikael Granlund sees an easy fix to that early trend.
"We are spending too much time in our d-zone and just defending," Granlund said after practice Thursday. "We got to be better with the puck."
Friday could mark the Wild debut for forward Matt Read, who was recalled from AHL Iowa on Wednesday. Read, 32, played 437 games for Philadelphia between 2011 and 2018 before signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild last July.
It's a homecoming for the veteran forward who played collegiately at Bemidji State in northwest Minnesota.
Read skated on the Wild's top line alongside Jason Zucker and Eric Staal during practice Thursday.
"Obviously, they're talented. They're natural goal scorers," Read said of Zucker and Staal. "They know how to put the puck in the net. It's going to be a great opportunity to make sure I go out there and give them the puck as much as I can."
Dallas (3-3-0, 6 points) last played Tuesday, losing 3-0 at the New Jersey Devils, making the Stars 0-2-0 on a quick two-game road trip that also saw them lose 4-1 at Ottawa on Monday.
First-year Stars coach Jim Montgomery would rather return to the road to atone for those losses, but also sees the benefit of starting a three-game homestand on Friday.
"I actually wish we were going back on the road so we could address the road mentality we want to develop," Montgomery said after practice Friday. "We need to get better at our team identity. We're really focusing on our play without the puck. We think we've made a mistake as a staff trying to get too dynamic offensively too quickly and it's taken away our players' aggressiveness. We're thinking too much on the ice."
Montgomery said Ben Bishop will start in goal against the Wild. He also said forward Valeri Nichushkin (undisclosed) will not play Friday but that veteran defenseman Marc Methot, out Tuesday with general soreness and forward Alexander Radulov, held out of practice earlier this week, will both play.
This will be Dallas' first look at the Wild, a foe Montgomery compares to a famous boxer.
"They're an extremely resilient team. They're kind of like Muhammad Ali, they rope-a-dope you," Montgomery said. "They give you a lot of possession time, they seem to be giving up shots, but they're not giving up a lot of quality shots. You can tell they're a veteran team. They're really comfortable being behind 1-0, 2-1. They seem to come back, and they wear you down over time by rope-a-doping you."
|Last Updated: 11/18/2018 12:22:08 AM EST|