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Preview: Stars @ Wild, Third times the charm

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Minnesota gets a third crack at the team Norm Green gave away.

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight the Minnesota Wild get another crack at the Central Division leaders (and artist formerly known as the Minnesota North Stars) the Dallas Stars. Minnesota saw its season-best nine-game point streak (6-0-3) end Saturday. The Wild now turn their attention to hosting back-back contests with the Dallas tonight and Montreal tomorrow. They have posted a 3-1-1 record in the first contest in such games. Tonight is the third meeting between the The Stars and Wild with Dallas winning both games in overtime. In Saint Paul, the Wild have registered a point in six straight games against Dallas (5-0-1) and 11 of the last 13 (9-2-2).

Dallas still owns the best record in the West and have scored a league best 113 goals this season. Dallas’ 24-7-2 record is the team’s best mark through the first 33 games of a season in franchise history. The Stars have earned points in nine of the team’s last 10 road games (7-1-2). Kari Lehtonen should start for the Stars tonight. Lehtonen is 9-7-2 with a 2.75 GAA, a .899 SV% and three shutouts in 20 starts against Minnesota.

As of morning skate it looked to be the same lineup for the Wild tonight, but Dr. Russo is reporting that Mike Reilly may be on his way up from Iowa. Regardless, the forwards should remain the same which means no Erik Haula tonight but don't be surprised to see him dress tomorrow. Devan Dubnyk starts for the Wild, Doobie is 3-6-2 with a 3.24 GAA and a .890 SV% in 11 games (10 starts) against the Stars. Puck drop is at 7pm in St. Paul. Go Wild!