Nashville Predators (31-31-11) at Dallas Stars (34-27-11)
|Date & Time||Friday March 28, 2014, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Dallas Stars -186 / Nashville Predators +169 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Predators head into Dallas on Friday night less than 24 hours after making quick work of the visiting Buffalo Sabres in what was one of Nashville highest offensive outputs of the season.
Nashville has had a disappointing season that was riddled with injuries and adjustments to life without certain players but with a strong draft and a couple of free agents they could find themselves back in the playoff picture as early as next season. The Preds do have a pretty solid blue line led by Shea Weber and Seth Jones but their offense has been an issue as it usually is in Nashville but this season they didn’t have the goaltending to contend with low scoring games. Pekka Rinne has been absent most of the season but since his return he has sparked the Predators play but with 10 games remaining and an 11 point swing to make up it is much pretty a certainty they won’t be going to the postseason. They can however play spoiler on Friday as they head into Dallas to take on a Stars team that is five points back of the Coyotes for the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Stars were sitting pretty a little over a week ago as it looked like a foregone conclusion that they would be heading to the playoffs but a ferocious tear from the Coyotes has them five points in front of Dallas with 10 games remaining. The Stars do however have two games in hand on Phoenix and can use that to their advantage but if they’re going to make a push they absolutely need to win this game as it is on home ice against a non playoff team playing in a back to back. The Stars have had a great season offensively from Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn and it is going to have to fall on those two guys plus Kari Lehtonen in goal if they’re going to chase down Phoenix and slip into the playoffs. While the Preds played well last night they face a different monster here under very different circumstances and I think Dallas returns the favour in a blow out.