What you should know about Thursday's game between the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild:
Game 70: Dallas Stars (36-28-5) vs. Minnesota Wild (33-29-8)
When: Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m. CT
Where: Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, Minnesota)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK 1310-AM, 96.7-FM
Live stream: FOX Sports GO and NHL.TV (outside Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex)
Official Stars app: Click here to download
GameCenter: Follow the action LIVE
Where the Wild things are
The Dallas Stars meet the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center on the first night of a back-to-back. The Stars are 4-3-2 on the front end of back-to-backs in 2018-19, most recently losing to the Hurricanes, 3-0, on Feb. 23 at American Airlines Center. The two clubs meet for the fourth of five games this season, with the Stars holding a 2-1-0 record. In three games this season vs. Minnesota, multiple Stars players have tallied two points including Tyler Seguin (2-0=2), Alexander Radulov (1-1=2), Miro Heiskanen (0-2=2) and Mattias Janmark (0-2=2). On special teams in 2018-19 against the Wild, the Stars are 0-for-8 on the power play and 6-of-7 (85.7%) on the penalty kill. In the most recent contest between the two clubs on Feb. 1, the Stars defeated the Wild, 3-1, at American Airlines Center. Seguin potted a game-high two goals (2-0=2) and Andrew Cogliano posted two points (1-1=2). Ben Bishop turned aside 21 of the 22 shots he faced. The Stars defeated the Wild in overtime, 2-1, on Dec. 22 in the last game at Xcel Energy Center. Dallas snapped a four-game losing skid in Minnesota, posting the club's first victory since a 4-3 overtime win on Feb. 9, 2016.
Stars goaltender Ben Bishop turned aside all 35 shots he faced on Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres for his third consecutive shutout and his 12th-straight victory vs. Buffalo (12-0-0). Bishop became the third goaltender in Stars franchise history to not allow a goal in three consecutive appearances, joining Ed Belfour (Nov. 17 - Nov. 24, 2000) and Cesare Maniago (Dec. 13 - 16, 1967). The netminder has not allowed a goal in a career-best 204:20, having last allowed a goal during the second period on March 2 at St. Louis. Bishop's shutout streak is the longest by an NHL goaltender since San Jose's Martin Jones logged a 234:33 shutout streak from Oct. 7 - 16, 2015. Over his last 10 games, Bishop has earned an 8-2-0 record with a 1.20 goals-against average, a .963 save percentage and four shutouts. In 40 games this season, Bishop has posted a 23-14-2 record with a 2.08 GAA, a .932 SV% and six shutouts (6). Among League leaders, he ranks first in SV% (.932), second in GAA (2.08) and shares second in shutouts (6). Over his career against the Wild, Bishop has appeared in nine games and has earned a 4-4-0 record with a 1.73 GAA and a .938 SV%.
Take a Hintz
Forward Roope Hintz recorded the first multi-point and multi-goal game (2-0=2) of his NHL career on Tuesday vs. the Buffalo Sabres. Hintz now has lit the lamp in three of his last four road contests (4-0=4) and has recorded two game-winning goals over that span. The native of Tampere, Finland has skated in 45 NHL contests this season and has registered 13 points (7-6=13) with 18 penalty minutes. Among all NHL rookies, he shares seventh with two game-winning goals and eighth with three power play goals. In the first game of the 2018-19 season for Dallas on Oct. 4, he made his NHL debut against the Coyotes and logged one shot on goal with 9:59 time on ice. He recorded his first NHL point with a goal (1-0=1) on Nov. 18 against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. This season, the forward has also skated in 21 AHL contests for the Texas Stars and has recorded 22 points (9-13=22) with two power play goals. Hintz was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (49th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.