Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano, left, passes the puck away from Minnesota Wild's Erik Haula, of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 9, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Dallas Stars have a high-octane offense that no team in the NHL this season could match.
The Minnesota Wild must at least come close in order to compete in their first-round playoff series that starts Thursday.
Starting with the league's second-leading scorer, Jamie Benn, the Stars will be a lot for the Wild to handle. As most teams would, the Wild have stressed a defense-first approach. Interim coach John Torchetti indicated after a lackluster effort in the regular-season finale that players committed to a two-way game would be in the lineup over those who haven't shown it.
The Wild do need more goals than they've been getting. Erik Haula, Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek are hurting, potentially further diluting production for the lowest-scoring team among the Western Conference qualifiers.