Nashville Predators (40-28-12) at Dallas Stars (33-36-11)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 6, 2017, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Dallas Stars +113 / Nashville Predators -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL hockey comes to the American Airlines Center where the Dallas Stars host the Nashville Predators.
The Nashville Predators are heading to the postseason and want to be at full strength when the ‘second’ season begins so they probably aren’t going pedal to the metal right now for obvious reasons. The Predators ran in to a desperate New York Islanders club Tuesday who still have a shot at the second Wild Card and the visitors skated away with a 2-1, overtime victory that had both teams achieving what they want in the closing days of the regular season. The Predators are happy because their defense and goaltending was strong and the team escaped without significant injuries while the NYI are happy because their playoff hopes are still alive. Brock Nelson scored in regulation for the Islanders and Thomas Hickey won it on his goal 1:25 in to OT while Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 shots for the Isles third win in a row. Mike Fisher tallied for the Preds with Pekka Rinne making 29 saves as Nashville has lost four of five.
The Dallas Stars have been out of the playoff picture for quite sometime and are something of a mystery after being one of the top teams in the game a year ago to having a losing record now. The Stars are using the final days of the regular season to hopefully win a few games and give players a look for next year. That was their intentions versus the visiting Arizona Coyotes and it worked out favorably with Dallas coming away with a 3-2, overtime decision on Tuesday night. Rookie Julius Honka scored his first goal in the extra session while Brett Ritchie and Jason Dickerson lit the lamp in regulation time for the Stars while Antti Niemi recorded 24 saves in the victory. The Coyotes received goals off the sticks of Anthony Duclair and Christian Dvorak with Mike Smith mustering 28 stops in taking the loss.
The under is 4-0 in Predators last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and the under is 4-0-1 in Predators last 5 Thursday games while the under is 5-0-1 in Predators last 6 overall. The under is 5-0 in Stars last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and the Stars are 1-7 in their last 8 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation while the Stars are 1-6 in their last 7 Thursday games. The Predators are 8-26 in the last 34 meetings in Dallas and the Predators are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings while the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The trends favor the Dallas Stars and the over although I have not seen goalies as of yet so I’ll back the Stars for now…