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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Dallas

Hockey Day Minnesota nightcap commences Saturday when Wild hosts Stars at Xcel Energy Center

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /
The essentials

Who: Dallas Stars (27-16-4) at Minnesota Wild (21-20-6)

Puck drop: 8:08 p.m. CT

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The Wild Warmup is presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling

ST. PAUL -- The Wild will try and continue its red-hot play on the state's unofficial hockey celebration Saturday when it hosts the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center. 

The Wild is 10-2-1 all-time on Hockey Day Minnesota, outscoring opponents 40-28 in those 13 games.

With Hockey Day 2020 commencing from just across the river in Minneapolis, it's a pair of Minnesotans that will lead the Wild's efforts to win a second consecutive game. 

Bloomington's Zach Parise has scored in back-to-back games, lighting the lamp three times in those two games. He now has 17 goals, which leads the club. 

In goal, South St. Paul's Alex Stalock will get the crease for the first time on Hockey Day Minnesota in his career. The former Minnesota Duluth Bulldog made 18 saves in a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday and has been stellar in each of his past two starts.

Video: Wild looks to build off Thursday night win

The Wild and Stars are meeting for the third time this season and second time at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota won 3-2 in a shootout the last time the clubs played. Mikko Koivu scored the deciding goal in the shootout in his 1,000th NHL game. 

Dallas is playing in its final game before its bye week. It marks the fifth game in six games the Stars will play away from home. Following a 3-1-0 four-game trip to Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose and Colorado, Dallas returned home for one game on Thursday, a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. 

The Stars are led offensively by Tyler Seguin's 25 assists and 36 points. Roope Hintz has a team best 15 goals. 

Dallas' goaltending has been some of the best in the League this season. Ben Bishop is 16-10-3in 31 starts with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.  

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