Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars - 3/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (38-19-6) at Nashville Predators (31-21-11)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -135 / Dallas Stars +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Stars look to jump into first place in the Central division with a victory on the road against a Predators side coming off a 5-0 win against the St. Louis Blues.
The Dallas Stars have cooled off considerably since their red hot start to the year and while they are very much in the race for top spot in the Western Conference they have some company and teams have started to figure out how to beat them. Dallas is known for having one of the league’s best offenses and with 204 goals scored this season they do have the most productive group and that will certainly be an area of strength heading into the playoffs. However, the Stars do have some holes on the blue line and will need to tighten things up if they’re going to emerge out of the Central division in a few months time. Kari Lehtonen is expected to get the start in this one as he will face off against Pekka Rinne who has been brilliant since the all-star break.
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The Predators head into tonight’s contest sitting in fourth place in the Central division but do hold firm to the top wild card spot in the Western Conference and are solid seven points clear of missing out. Nashville has upped their intensity over the last month and have gone from an inconsistent group with no form of offensive identity to one that has its young sniper firing on all cylinders and a defensive unit that is playing well in front of a world class goaltender. Nashville is utilizing the same philosophy they have always used but even still in a very competitive division and conference they are going to find it difficult to run the table and qualify for the Cup final. Getting there though is a different story and a win here against the Stars would be a huge step forward and I think they get it.