Nashville Predators (2-1) at Dallas Stars (0-0)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars +105 / Nashville Predators -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars meet Friday in NHL action at the American Airlines Center.
The Nashville Predators look for another win to build on their 2-1 record. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 9.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with three goals, Viktor Arvidsson has two assists and Ryan Ellis has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed three goals on 74 shots faced Pekka Rinne and has allowed three goals on 23 shots.
The Dallas Stars will play their first game since September 28 when they were bounced in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Stars have been dealing with COVID-19 issues and saw their first five games get postponed. During the offseason, the Stars lost Roman Polak, Martin Hanzal, Corey Perry and Mattias Janmark. Meanwhile, the Stars added two players in Mark Pysyk and Julius Honka. The Stars suffered serious blows with the news Tyler Seguin and Ben Bishop will miss at least three months of the season and they’re not exactly in an easy division. The good news is Jamie Benn has shown in the past he can carry the load, and Anton Khudobin and Joel Kiviranta were terrific in the Stars playoff run. Rick Bowness was also able to push a lot of the right buttons last season, so there has to be some trust there as well.
The Predators are 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest. The Stars are 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The over is 5-2-1 in Predators last 8 overall. The under is 5-2-4 in Stars last 11 overall. The Predators are 14-30 in the last 44 meetings in Dallas and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
The Dallas Stars are coming off a Stanley Cup run, but they have two key players sidelined and haven't played in a few months. With their COVID-19 situation, who knows how much practice time the Stars have had lately as well. The Nashville Predators have had three games to knock off the rust and they've actually played decent hockey. I have to give the edge to the Predators here simply because they have a rhythm to them. We have no idea what to expect from the Stars just yet.