The Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars battle at Bridgestone Arena in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. This divisional matchup will get underway at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 10, and it is being shown live on USA, RSN1, TVA and FSSW.
Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators Odds
With a -165 moneyline, Nashville heads into the contest as the heavy favorite. The line for Dallas is standing at +145. If you want to put some action on the matchup’s Over/Under (O/U) total, you’ll be looking at -110 for over 5 goals and +-110 for under under..
The Predators are 47-35 straight up (SU) and have earned 5.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Of its 82 regular season outings, 46 have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just three have pushed. Thus far, the team is 25-16 SU at home.
Nashville has converted on just 13.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that puts the team in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.
As a team, Nashville has been penalized 3.7 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over its last five at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 7.6 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, in total.
With a .918 save percentage and 25.9 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (31-25-5) has been the top option in goal for the Predators this year. If head coach Peter Laviolette chooses to give him the night off, however, the Preds may go with Juuse Saros (17-14-14 record, .915 save percentage, 2.62 goals against average).
Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Predators. Johansen (64 points) has produced 14 goals and 50 assists and has recorded multiple points in 16 different games this year. Josi has 15 goals and 41 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 41 contests.
Dallas has lost 1.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 43-39 straight up (SU). Through 82 regular season contests, 49 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just nine have pushed. Dallas’ 19-22 SU as the away team this season.
Dallas has converted on 21.0 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fifth overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all penalties.
Dallas’ players have been penalized 3.5 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 5.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Ben Bishop (1.98 goals against average and .934 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Dallas. Bishop is averaging 26.9 saves per game and owns a 28-18-2 record.
Leading the offensive push for the visiting Stars will be Tyler Seguin (33 goals, 47 assists) and Alexander Radulov (29 goals, 43 assists).
Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators Free Picks
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Stars, O/U – Over
- For both of these teams, the total has gone under in three of their past five matchups.
- Nashville has given up just 2.0 goals per game (while scoring 3.7 per contest) on its three-game winning streak.
- Six of Dallas’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-2 in those games.
- Dallas skaters notched 22.7 hits per game last season, while the Preds accounted for 21.0 hits per contest.