7 p.m. vs. Dallas • Xcel Energy Center • NBCSN, 100.3-FM
Preview: This is the fifth and final meeting between the Central Division rivals this season. The Stars have won three, one in overtime. The Wild is 1-9-1 with 17 goals in the past 11 games. It has blown two- and three-goal leads at home this season in losses to the Stars, who have the third-best record in the NHL.
Players to watch: Dallas LW Jamie Benn (28 goals, 31 assists, 59 points) is second in the league in scoring and C Tyler Seguin (28-28—56) is fourth. D John Klingberg (8-35—43) is third in scoring among defensemen. Benn has four goals and three assists in four games this season vs. the Wild. … Wild C Charlie Coyle has two goals and four assists this season vs. Dallas, and he has five points in his past six games. W Zach Parise has one goal and no assists in his past 10 games, and is a minus-11. C Mikko Koivu hasn’t scored in the past 17 games.
Numbers: The Wild (55 points) is ninth in the Western Conference (one spot out of playoff position) after playing eight of its past nine on the road. Wild D Ryan Suter ranks second in the NHL in time on ice (28 minutes, 35 seconds per game).
Injuries: Dallas C Jason Spezza (upper body) is out. Wild D Jonas Brodin (foot) is out and D Jared Spurgeon (undisclosed) is doubtful.