Tonight the Minnesota Wild continue their road trip against the Dallas Stars (Norm Green still sucks). Despite Norm Green
(Minnesota) giving Dallas a hockey team, this building used to be a house of horrors for the Wild. At one point Minnesota lost 16 straight games in Dallas but have won two of their last three and went 3-1-1 against the Stars last season. Minnesota is 8-4-0 in its last 12 games against Dallas. Marco Scandella has rejoined the team and it hasn't been announced whether Christian Folin or Nate Prosser will be in the press box.
After the offseason, it was very clear that Dallas was going to score goals and man are they ever. The Stars rank first in the NHL in goals per game and sit in first place in the crowded Central Division. Oh and their power play is clipping at 30 percent. With guys like Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Patrick Sharp and Jason Spezza it only makes sense. Minnesota is sixth in goals per game and even without Zach Parise, the Wild have had little trouble scoring goals. It sounds like Kari Lehtonen will start tonight for the Stars. Lehtonen was god awful last year (not all his fault) and the Stars brought in Antti Niemi to stabilize things. But its been Lehtonen who has had a better go of it this season. Lehtonen holds an 8-7-2 record with a 2.80 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage in 19 career appearances against Minnesota.
Devan Dubnyk will have his biggest test yet trying to stop a very talented Dallas team. Over his last five starts, Dubnyk has looked more like his old self (which is 2015 Dubnyk, not the Edmonton Dubnyk). Last year Mike Yeo trotted out Doobie for 38 consecutive starts and he'll be making his seventh straight start tonight. Darcy Kuemper has not started a game since October 25 and its looking more and more like Minnesota will ride Dubnyk until the sun turns black. Dubnyk is 3-6-1 with a 3.28 GAA and a .887 SV% in 10 games (nine starts). Puck drop is at 7pm tonight with the gamethread opening at 6:30.