Stars vs. Predators - 4/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (41-26-14) at Dallas Stars (49-23-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -150 / Nashville Predators +125 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSM, FSSW
The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars meet Saturday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Nashville Predators look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power plays. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 33 goals, James Neal has 26 assists and Craig Smith has 199 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 161 goals on 1,744 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 35 goals on 440 shots. Rinne has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Dallas Stars look to keep rolling after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 41 goals, Tyler Seguin has 40 assists and Jason Spezza has 197 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 116 goals on 1,216 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 105 goals on 1,121 shots. Niemi has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Predators are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Central. The Stars are 4-9 in their last 13 Saturday games and 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The Predators are 8-24 in the last 32 meetings in Dallas and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Dallas Stars are back on one of their winning stretches where they're extremely tough to beat, and they're still fighting for the top seed in the West. Add in the Predators struggles in Dallas, and you have to back the home team here.