Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators Betting Preview
The Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators have built up a nice rivalry over the years, and that rivalry gets renewed on Tuesday night. The red-hot Predators host the struggling Stars in a very important matchup in the Central Division.
Dallas was expected to contend for a division title this season, but the Stars sit in seventh place in the division with just 31 points. The Stars have lost four of their last five games, but those came against some top-level competition.
Nashville has now won five straight games to move into a playoff spot in the division. The Predators have picked up 37 wins on the year, but they need to stay hot if they want to finish the year in that spot.
Stars Slowing Down Opponents
The Stars might not be winning a ton of games, but they continue to dictate the pace on most nights. Dallas is scoring just 2.67 goals per game, but it has held opponents to just 2.5 goals per game.
Goaltender Anton Khubodin has been great for the Stars this season, having already picked up three shutouts. Dallas does a great job on the penalty kill, and it makes it difficult for opponents to get anything going on offense.
Center Joe Pavelski leads the team with 15 goals, 17 assists, and 32 points, but he has been about the only Dallas player to perform well offensively. Injuries and COVID-19 have kept the Stars from building momentum on offense, but that must get corrected soon.
Nashville Needs More Scoring
Winning five straight games is a nice accomplishment for the Predators, but this team still has ways to improve. The Predators are scoring just 2.41 goals per game, and it’s hard to win games when scoring that little.
Filip Forsberg leads the team in nearly every offensive category, including a team-high 11 goals. Nashville has converted on just 20 percent of its power-play attempts, but it has been better on that unit of late.
The emergence of goaltender Juuse Saros has really helped this team become a playoff contender again, and Pekka Rinne is also turning things around. This should be a low-scoring affair, and the Predators goaltending duo will keep it that way.
Stars Stop Predators Run
Nashville comes into this game with a ton of momentum, but Dallas is still a team with a better roster. The Stars are in need of a big run to reach the playoffs, and they are running out of time to get it done.
The Predators are still not scoring a ton of goals, and that will allow the Stars to stay in this game until the end. This time, Nashville won’t be able to score the crucial goal, and the Stars will find a way to get the job done.
Bet the Dallas Stars over the Nashville Predators as the road team picks up an impressive win.
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