Dallas Stars (0-0-1) at Nashville Predators (1-0-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 11, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -120 / Dallas Stars +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators will square off Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Dallas Stars are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime as they came up empty in the shootout period. The Stars scored just once on six power play opportunities and won the faceoff battle, 36-30. Trevor Daley and Cody Eakin produced both goals for the Stars, and Ales Hemsky had four shots on goal. Kari Lehtonen saved 24 of 26 shots and has split the last six games he’s been in net. Overall, the Dallas Stars had an impressive 34 shots on goal but weren’t able to muscle their way by star goalie Corey Crawford. One would think the Stars would be in good shape if they’re able to put on a similar performance in this matchup on the road.
The Nashville Predators beat the Ottawa Senators in their season opener by scoring three third period goals. Craig Smith, Shea Weber and Eric Nystrom all found the net in the first half of the third period to give the Predators the victory and send Nashville fans home happy all while stunning Ottawa fans. What was more impressive than the offensive explosion was the Nashville defense that allowed just 20 shots, and goalie Pekka Rinne was able to save 18 of them. You knew it was only a matter of time before the Predators broke through, as they had 37 shots on goal and James Neal led the way with seven. The Nashville Predators look to begin the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2012 regular season.
The Stars are 7-19 in their last 26 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Predators are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 12-26 in their last 38 vs. Central. The Stars are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville.
It's hard to argue with the way both teams played in their first game. However, the Predators were a little more effective and have the home crowd behind them. Not to mention the Stars are coming off a physical game against the Blackhawks.