Last Updated: 2017-12-05
The American Airlines Center will be hosting a Central Division matchup as the Dallas Stars welcome the visiting Nashville Predators. The opening face-off takes place at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 5, and it’s being shown live on Fox Sports Southwest.
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Odds
Nashville is 17-10 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.0 units this season. Through 27 regular season outings, 13 of its games have gone over the total, while another 13 have gone under and none have pushed. As an away team this season, the Preds are 6-7 SU.
Nashville has converted on 26.0 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for fourth-best in the league. On the other hand, it has the eighth-best penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 82.9 percent of all penalties.
Nashville, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties 5.5 times per game this season, and 4.0 per game over its last five contests. The team’s been forced to kill penalties 8.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Averaging 30.2 saves per game with a .926 save percentage, Pekka Rinne (16-6-2) has been the best option in goal for Nashville this season. Rinne played last night, however, so the team may opt to rest him and instead turn to Juuse Saros (1-4-1 record, .870 save percentage, 3.71 goals against average).
The visiting Predators have relied on Filip Forsberg and Kyle Turris heavily this year. Forsberg has 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists, and has recorded two or more points seven times. Turris has five goals and 14 assists to his name, and has registered at least one point in 11 games.
On the other side of the ice, Dallas is 16-11 straight up (SU) and has netted 3.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 27 regular season contests, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 10-2 SU at home this season.
Dallas has converted on 20.9 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.7 percent of all penalties.
Dallas players have been penalized 4.5 times per game in total this season, and 5.4 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to kill penalties just 8.4 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Ben Bishop (25.5 saves per game) has been the top selection in goal for Dallas. Bishop has 13 wins and nine losses to his name and has registered a .912 save percentage and 2.59 goals against average this season.
The home team will be led on offense by Tyler Seguin (14 goals, 13 assists).
Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Under
The over has hit in three of Dallas’ last five outings.
Power plays and penalty kills may be even more critical than usual in this game. The Predators are 6-1 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 8-3 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total. The Stars are 8-3 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 10-5 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
Three of Nashville’s last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 2-1 in those games and 3-2 overall in shootouts this season.
Dallas has created 7.0 takeaways per game over its last five home games, right in line with its season average of 6.8 takeaways per game (ranked 21st in the NHL).
Nashville is ranked 13th overall this season with 7.7 takeaways per game. That figure has trended upward, as the team has managed 9.8 takeaways over its last 10 games and 10.4 takeaways over its last five.