Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars

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The Nashville Predators will go on the road and take on the Dallas Stars in a Central Division battle at American Airlines Center. These two teams have faced each other three times this season with the Stars winning two out of the three games. Nashville has a record of 13-17-1. The Stars have a record of 10-10-7.

Predators Coming off Loss

The Predators are coming off a 2-0 loss against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Juuse Saros was outstanding in the loss, stopping 47 out of 48 shots faced.

Putting the puck in the net has been a struggle for the Preds this season. They have scored two goals or less in six out of their last 10 games. They rank ninth in shots per game but only 28th in goals per game, 27th in scoring efficiency ratio, and 30th in shooting %. Filip Forsberg leads the team with 27 points. No other player on the team has more than 20 points.

Defense and goaltending are another problem for Nashville. They have given up three goals or more in seven of their last 10 games. The team ranks 24th in goals against per game, 21st in shots against per game, and 25th in opponent shooting % and save %. Pekka Rinne has a record of 7-11-1 with a 3.05 GAA and a .899 SV%. Juuse Saros returned after a seven game absence due to an upper body injury. He has a record of 6-6-0 with a 2.78 GAA and a .913 SV%. Saros has given up two goals or less in each of his last eight starts.

Stars Snap Losing Streak

The Stars snapped a two game losing streak by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 in their last game on Saturday. Ty Dellandrea, Tanner Kero, and Andrej Sekera each scored a goal. Anton Khudobin was perfect in net, stopping all 21 shots faced.

Offense has been mediocre for the Stars this season. They have scored three goals or more in six out of their last nine games. The team ranks 19th in goals per game, 23rd in shots per game, and 18th in shooting %, and 13th in scoring efficiency ratio. Joe Pavelski leads the team with 27 points in 27 games played.

Defense and goaltending have been very good for Dallas this season. The team ranks sixth in goals against per game, third in shots against per game, and 10th in opponent shooting %, and save %. Anton Khudobin has a record of 6-8-1 with a 2.46 GAA and a .912 SV%. Jake Oettinger has a record of 4-2-6 with a 2.23 GAA and a .913 SV%.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Goals per game, goals against per game, shots against per game, shooting % and opponent shooting %, scoring efficiency ratio, and save % all favor the Stars in this matchup. Defense and goaltending are a huge advantage for the Stars in this game. The team ranks sixth in goals against per game, third in shots against per game, and 10th in opponent shooting %, and save %. Defense and goaltending a problem for Nashville. They have given up three goals or more in seven of their last 10 games. The team ranks 24th in goals against per game, 21st in shots against per game, and 25th in opponent shooting % and save %. The Stars will win this game.

Prediction:
Dallas Stars (-176)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Putting the puck in the net has been a struggle for the Preds this season. They have scored two goals or less in six out of their last 10 games. They rank ninth in shots per game but only 28th in goals per game, 27th in scoring efficiency ratio, and 30th in shooting %. Defense and goaltending have been very good for Dallas this season. The team ranks sixth in goals against per game, third in shots against per game, and 10th in opponent shooting %, and save %. Both teams are on the back end of a back-to-back. This will be a low scoring game. The under will hit in this matchup.

Prediction:
Under 5.5