Dallas Stars (18-16-3) at Nashville Predators (22-13-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 27, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -286 / Dallas Stars +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Nashville Predators look to snap their 4-game losing skid as they welcome the Dallas Stars to town on a busy Thursday night slate in the NHL.
The Stars look to shake out of their road losing woes as they face off against one of the league’s best home teams on Thursday night in what is one of the marquee games of a jam packed card of NHL action. Dallas has struggled against divisional foes as they are 1-6 in their last 7 games against the Central and are a disappointing 1-6 in their last 7 games against the Predators including losers of 4 in a row in Nashville. The Stars though have the offensive depth to force the Predators into playing a high paced game which certainly favors the road team who have more talent scoring the puck than the Preds who rely a lot on defense and goaltending to win games. Ben Bishop is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Pekka Rinne who will be out to preserve Nashville’s 14-5 home ice record.
The Predators welcomed the Christmas break more than other teams as it put a stall to their 4-game losing skid and will hopefully provide a sense of rejuvenation for a team who hasn’t quite looked like the team many expected to see in the preseason. Nashville is coming off a drubbing in their last game but they have responded nicely to such situations as they are a perfect 9-0 in their last 9 contests after a loss of 3 or more in their previous game and the odds makers have taken note and have them as a hefty favorite on home ice. Nashville is 2-5 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference but are 62-27 in their last 89 games on home ice and against a Dallas side who has been much better at home than on the road this looks like another spot for the Predators to earn a win.
The Stars are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall while the Preds are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on more than 3 day’s rest and 39-19 in their last 58 against the Central. The Predators are big favorites here and the price is a little too steep but getting them as a regulation play looks like the best option as they take out the Stars on Thursday night.