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NHL Preview: Dallas Stars (30-14-11) at Minnesota Wild (28-21-5)


Feb. 14, 2023 – STARS 2 vs. BRUINS 3 (OT)
A clash between the top two clubs in their respective conferences went down on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas where the Stars fell 3-2 in overtime to the Boston Bruins in front of a sellout crowd of 18,532. The Stars have earned points in eight of their past nine games (4-1-4, 12 points), but their overtime record this season fell to 4-11. Forward Roope Hintz (1-0—1) got the Stars on the board with his 23rd goal of the season at the 13:11 mark of the first period and forward Jason Robertson (1-1—2) recorded his 22nd multi-point game of the 2022-23 campaign with a goal and an assist. Forward Joe Pavelski (0-2—2) factored in on both Dallas goals with two assists. Goaltender Jake Oettinger made 34 saves on 37 shots in his 40th start of the season.
PP: 0-4 | PK: 3-3 | SF: 31 | SA: 37 | DAL TOI: Heiskanen (31:07 – game high) | Attendance: 18,532 (sellout)
Three Stars: 1. BOS – L. Ullmark 2. DAL – J. Oettinger 3. DAL – J. Robertson

Date Opponent Time (CT) Location TV/Radio
Fri., Feb. 17, 2023 Minnesota Wild 7 p.m. Xcel Energy Center BSSW/KTCK
Sat., Feb. 18, 2023 Columbus Blue Jackets 5 p.m. American Airlines Center BSSW/KTCK
Wed., Feb. 22, 2023 Chicago Blackhawks 8:30 p.m. American Airlines Center TNT/KTCK
Sat., Feb. 25, 2023 Vegas Golden Knights 9 p.m. T-Mobile Arena BSSW/KTCK
Mon., Feb. 27, 2023 Vancouver Canucks 7:30 p.m. American Airlines Center BSSW/KTCK

Feb. 8 – Recalled forward Marián Studenič from Texas (AHL)
Feb. 9 – Loaned forward Marián Studenič to Texas (AHL)
Feb. 10 – Recalled forward Marián Studenič from Texas (AHL)
Feb. 15 – Loaned forward Marián Studenič to Texas (AHL)
Feb. 16 – Recalled forward Fredrik Karlstrom from Texas (AHL)

Man-games lost, 2022-23: 24
D Miro Heiskanen Upper body 3 Oct. 25-29
G Jake Oettinger Lower body 4 Nov. 1-8
F Denis Gurianov Upper body 6 Nov. 11-21
F Roope Hintz Lower body 1 Nov. 19
F Roope Hintz Upper body 7 Jan. 10-21
F Joel Kiviranta Lower body 3 Feb. 8-pres.

TONIGHT’S GAME: After eight consecutive games at home, the Stars hit the road for a date against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (7 p.m. CT, TV: Bally Sports Southwest, Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM/1310-AM). This is the fourth and final game between the Central Division rivals, which has seen Dallas win two of the first three. Tonight’s game opens the Stars’ sixth set of back-to-backs, as Dallas returns to action tomorrow night at home against Columbus (5 p.m. CT).


  • The Stars are 2-0-1 against the Wild this season, losing 6-5 in a shootout on Dec. 4, 2022 at American Airlines Center and winning 4-1 at Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 29, 2022 and 4-1 at AAC on Feb. 8.
  • Dallas is 49-28-9 all-time vs. Minnesota, including a 31-8-6 mark at home.
  • Forward Roope Hintz (1-1—2) had a multi-point performance in Dallas’ 4-1 win on Feb. 8. Hintz recorded his second career hat trick (3-1—4) and tied his career high for points in a game in the series opener on Dec. 4, 2022. Hintz enters tonight’s game with a team-high seven points (4-3—7) in three games vs. Minnesota this season and 15 points (7-8—15) in 15 career games against them.
  • Forward Jason Robertson had two assists in Dallas’ 4-1 triumph on Feb. 8 giving him five points (1-4—5) in three games against the Wild this season. Robertson is averaging nearly two points per game in his career against Minnesota with 12 points (6-6—12) in seven games against them.
  • Rookie forward Wyatt Johnston enters tonight’s matchup with a goal and three points (1-2—3) in three career games against Minnesota. Johnston had a multi-point performance (1-1—2) in the Stars’ previous visit to Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 29, 2022.
  • Forward Joe Pavelski has three points (all assists) in three games vs. Minnesota this season. Pavelski leads active Stars in goals (21), co-leads in points (21-23—44) and ranks third in assists (23) in a team-high 52 career games against the Wild. He also shares the team lead in power-play goals (6) and shares second in game winners (3) against them.
  • Captain Jamie Benn ranks second among active Stars in goals (19), assists (25) and co-leads in points (19-25—44) in 51 career games vs. Minnesota. Benn also ranks first in game-winning goals (4) and co-leads in game winners (6) against the Wild.
  • Forward Tyler Seguin leads active Stars in assists (27) and points (18-27—45) and ranks third in goals (18) in 40 career games vs. Minnesota.
  • Forward Mason Marchment has three points (1-2—3) in three games vs. the Wild this season and six points (4-2—6) in four career games against them.
  • Defenseman Colin Miller has seven points (all assists) in 13 career games against Minnesota.
  • Defenseman Ryan Suter enters tonight’s matchup with 12 points (3-9—12) in 33 games against his former club.
  • Goaltender Jake Oettinger is 4-0-0 with a 2.73 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in six career appearances against his hometown team.
  • Netminder Scott Wedgewood is 0-1-2 with a 3.29 GAA and .897 SV% in four career appearances vs. Minnesota.

Dec. 4 vs. Minnesota – L, 6-5 (shootout)
Dec. 29 at Minnesota – W, 4-1
Feb. 8 vs. Minnesota – W, 4-1
Feb. 17 at Minnesota


All-Time Wild Record: 36-37-13 (23-13-5 at Xcel Energy Center, 13-24-8 at Dallas)
2023-23: The Wild is 1-2-0 in the season series with the Stars… Minnesota won the series opening game at American Airlines Center, 6-5, in a shootout (12/4)…Dallas earned a 4-1 victory at Xcel Energy Center in the second game (12/29) and a 4-1 victory in Dallas in the third game (2/8)… LW Kirill Kaprizov (2-1=3) leads Minnesota with three points…C Joel Eriksson Ek (1-0=1), D Jared Spurgeon (0-2=2), RW Ryan Reaves (0-2=2) and RW Mats Zuccarello (0-2=2) have each recorded two points…G Marc-Andre Fleury is 1-1-0 with a 3.87 GAA and a .896 SV% after starting the first two meetings for the Wild…G Filip Gustavsson stopped 33-of-36 shots faced in the third meetings for Minnesota…C Roope Hintz leads Dallas with seven points (4-3=7)…LW Jason Robertson has five points (1-4=5)… C Wyatt Johnston (1-2=3), LW Mason Marchment (1-2=3), C Joe Pavelski (0-3=3) and C Tyler Segin (2-1=3) all have three points…G Jake Oettinger is 2-0-0 with a 2.26 GAA and a .924 SV% in three starts for Dallas…G Scott Wedgewood entered during the first game (12/4) and stopped 14 of 15 shots faced, earning the loss.

WILD LEADERS: Spurgeon (6-13=19 in 40 contests) and Zuccarello (3-16=19 in 22 games) lead Minnesota with 19 points each against Dallas…C Ryan
Hartman has 14 points (7-7=14) in 26 matches…Kaprizov has 12 points (6-6=12) in seven contests…D Matt Dumba owns 12 points (6-6=12) in 29 games.

WILD GOALIES: Fleury is 13-6-1 with a 2.18 GAA, a .927 SV% and one shutout in 20 games played (20 starts) vs. the Stars…Gustavsson is 2-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and a .945 SV% in three starts.

STARS LEADERS: Seguin leads the Stars with 45 points (18-27=45) in 40 matches against Minnesota…Pavelski (21-23=44 in 52 matches) and LW
Jamie Benn (19-25=44) each own 44 points against the Wild…Hintz has 15 points (7-8=15) in 15 contests.

STARS GOALIES: Oettinger is 4-0-0 with a 2.73 GAA and a .905 SV% in six career games (five starts)…Wedgewood is 0-1-2 with a 3.25 GAA and a .887 SV% in four games (two starts).

FAST FACTS: Minnesota is 20-14-5 in the last 10 seasons (2013-23) against Dallas…The Wild is 6-4-0 in the last 10 games against the Stars at Xcel Energy Center…Minnesota has points in 11 of the last 19 games (9-8-2) played at American Airlines Center…Minnesota was defeated by Dallas in six games in the 2016 First Round.

• Dating back to Nov. 19th, Minnesota is 14-5-1 at home for a .725 point percentage, the fifth-best rate in the NHL during that span.

• The Wild recorded an seven-game home win streak from Nov. 27 – Dec. 18, the fourth-longest home win streak in the NHL this season.

• Minnesota is tied for sixth in the NHL with 16 home victories this season.

• In home games since Nov. 19, the Wild is recording a 2.25 goals against average (GAA) and .919 save percentage (SV%). Since Nov. 19, Minnesota ranks second in the NHL in home GAA and fourth in home SV%.

• The Wild have converted 29.4 percent (25 of 85) of power-play opportunities at home this season, fourth-best in the NHL.

• Minnesota recorded a power-play goal in a season-high six consecutive games from Nov. 23 – Dec. 4, going eight-for-19 (42.1 pct.) during that span. The streak tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history.

• The Wild has killed 14 consecutive shorthanded situations and have not allowed a power-play goal in a season-high five consecutive games dating back to Feb. 8 at DAL. • Since Nov. 8, Minnesota is seventh in the NHL with a 82.9 penalty-kill percentage (121 for 146).

• Minnesota is fifth in the NHL with a 82.1 penalty-kill percentage (78 of 95) on the road this season.

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