Stars at Wild
7 p.m. Saturday, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.
TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Records: Stars 3-3-1, 7 points; Wild 5-2-1, 11 pts.
About the Stars: Dallas gave up a goal 15 seconds into Thursday’s 4-1 loss at Winnipeg, and then things went downhill, losing for the third time in four games. The Stars were 1 for 6 on the power play, including a whiff on a first-period 5-on-3 chance. Tyler Seguin is finding his rhythm. He scored the Stars’ lone goal and has a team-high four on the season. Goalie Antti Niemi stopped 32 shots but was tagged with four more goals, giving him 13 in four appearances. The Stars are still working their way through a rash of injuries. Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky, Patrick Sharp, Jiri Hudler and Cody Eakin were not available against Winnipeg.
About the Wild: Minnesota leads the Central Division by a point over St. Louis, is the highest scoring team in the Western Conference (28 goals), has won two in a row and is unbeaten in three games at home this season. The Wild is coming off a 2-1-1 East Coast swing that heralded the arrival of rookie center Joel Eriksson Ek. The 20-year-old Swede has had no trouble fitting into a Wild team that made the playoffs last season. He has two goals and three assists in his first four games for new coach Bruce Boudreau. Goalie Devan Dubnyk is on fire. He has back-to-back shutouts and a 3-0-1 mark in his last four contests with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .969 save percentage in that stretch. Jason Zucker has goals in consecutive games and every member of the active roster has at least one point this season.