Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators - 12/31/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (18-12-7) at Dallas Stars (27-8-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars / Nashville Predators --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSM, FSSW
The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars meet New Year’s Eve at the American Airlines Center.
The Nashville Predators could use a nice road win after losing five of their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power plays. James Neal leads Nashville with 15 goals, Roman Josi has 20 assists and Shea Weber has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 74 goals on 820 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 15 goals on 143 shots. Rinne has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Dallas Stars look to keep rolling after winning five of their last eight games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.6 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 23 goals, Tyler Seguin has 27 assists and Patrick Sharp has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 54 goals on 646 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 39 goals on 438 shots. Niemi has allowed four goals in his last three games. Ales Hemsky is questionable with a lower-body injury.
The Predators are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 road games. The Stars are 20-7 in their last 27 home games and 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest. The Predators are 8-22 in the last 30 meetings in Dallas.
The Dallas Stars continue to be one of the best teams in the league and have been simply lights out when playing at the AAC. Nashville has also had little success against the Stars. Have to back the home team here.