Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 10, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Dallas Stars +144 / Nashville Predators -160 -- Over/Under: 5
The Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators meet Wednesday in game one of the NHL first round at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Dallas Stars are in the playoffs for the first time since 2015-16 and hope to get to the second round for the second time in the last 11 years. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 33 goals, Alexander Radulov has 43 assists and Jamie Benn has 189 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 87 goals on 1,323 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 95 goals on 1,223 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in 18 of their last 19 games.
The Nashville Predators are in the playoffs for a fifth straight season and have made it out of the first round each of the last three years. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 12.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Viktor Arvidsson leads Nashville with 34 goals, Ryan Johansen has 50 assists and Roman Josi has 274 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 130 goals on 1,581 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 74 goals on 870 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed two or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.
The Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 28-59 in their last 87 games as a road underdog and 7-2 in their last 9 road games. The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 15-7 in their last 22 playoff games as a favorite and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The Stars are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville and 3-8 in the last 11 meetings. The under is 37-14-5 in Stars last 56 overall. The under is 23-9-2 in Predators last 34 overall.
Defense usually rules in playoff games and both of these teams enter the postseason being a brick wall defensively. This series should be very tight if both teams can hold form. The difference is that the Nashville Predators have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Dallas Stars, which includes the last two meetings, and they have one of the best playoff crowds in the league that's helped them make deep runs these past few years. I don't like to make a habit of betting against the Predators at home this time of year. I like Nashville to draw first blood in this series.