Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators Free Preview 12/27/18

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Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and the Dallas Stars will face off against Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi, and the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena for a divisional showdown. Fox Sports Southwest will air the game, and the opening face-off takes place at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 27.

Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators Odds

The Predators (-170) are favored over the Stars (+150) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-110 over, -110 under).

Nashville is 22-15 straight-up (SU) and has lost 0.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked fifth in the NHL in this young season, is a regression from the 53-29 record that the team managed during the 2017-18 season campaign. 19 of its 37 games have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 14-5 SU at home this year.

The Predators have converted on just 15.1 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.8 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 24.5 saves per game with a .925 save percentage, Pekka Rinne (15-11-2) has been the principal option in goal for Nashville this year. If head coach Peter Laviolette decides to rest him, however, Nashville might roll with Juuse Saros (8-7-7 record, .894 save percentage, 3.05 goals against average).

In the other locker room, Dallas is 18-19 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.9 units for moneyline bettors thus far. A total of 20 of its games have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and just four have pushed. As the visiting team this season, the Stars are 7-13 SU.

The Stars have converted on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 11th overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.3 percent of all penalties.

Ben Bishop (.923 save percentage and 2.31 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Dallas. Bishop is averaging 26.7 saves per game and has 12 wins, 11 losses, and one OT loss to his credit.

Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators Betting Predictions

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • For both of these teams, the under has hit in three of their past five games.
  • Seven of Dallas’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-5 in those games.
  • Dallas skaters recorded 22.7 hits per game last season, while the Predators logged 21.0 hits per contest.