Dallas Stars (1-2-0-0 SU, 1-2 PL, 2-1-0 O/U) vs Nashville Predators (1-2-0-0 SU, 1-2 PL, 2-1-0 O/U)
When: 8:00 PM EDT, Thursday, October 12, 2017
Where: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee
Lines: Nashville -122/ Dallas +111
NHL hockey action on Thursday evening and a pair of Central Division foes will square off as the Dallas Stars tangle with the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The Stars are off a 4-2 home win over the Red Wings, while the Predators are off a 6-5 home win over the Flyers. The Preds won the season series 3-2 last year. Goalie Probables: The Stars will be sending out Ben Bishop, while the Predators will send out Pekka Rinne.
Stars Grab First Win Of The Year
The Dallas Stars missed the postseason last year and they made various moves during the offseason to shore up their weaknesses, but they then started this year at 0-2, before getting in the win column with a 4-2 win over the Red Wings on Tuesday night. The Stars have made the history books this year as they are the first team to lose to the Vegas Golden Knights and then they followed that up with a 4-2, loss at St Louis, before topping the Red Wings. Scoring in the win was John Klingberg, which was his 2nd of the year, Tyler Seguin, which was his 2nd of the year, Mattias Janmark which was his 2nd of the year and Martin Hanzal, which was his first of the year. This team has a lot of firepower on offense and they have improved goaltending as well, so they will be fine as the season goes on. The Stars were 12-29 on the road last year. Ben Bishop had a nice outing against the Red Wings as he stopped 23 of the 25 shots that he faced in the game to pick up the win. He is now 1-0 with a 1.15 GAA on the year. Last year, he was 18-20 with a 2.54 GAA for the Lightning overall, including 9-12 with a 2.38 GAA out on the road. In his career, he has gone 61-57 with a 2.41 GAA in his road games and 23-13 with a 2.50 GAA during the month of October, while against the Central Division he has gone 18-20 with a 2.55 GAA and he is 1-4 with a 3.56 GAA in his career against the Predators.
Dallas ranked 16th in the league in scoring last year at 2.71 gpg, while also ranking 12th in shots taken (30.5 spg) and 20th in power play conversions, converting on 17.9% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they were not very good at all as they ranked 29th in goals allowed, giving up 3.17 gpg, while also ranking 12th in shots allowed (29.7) and 30th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 26.1% of their chances.
Forsberg Lifts Preds To Comeback Win Over Flyers
The Nashville Predators were in the Stanley Cup Finals last year, but they came out sluggish this year as they began the season 0-2. Well, they finally got in a win column with a 6-5 win over the Flyers on Tuesday night. The Preds started out with a 3-0 lead before the Flyers fought back to take a 5-3 lead at the 6:48 mark of the 3rd period. After that, it was all Nashville as they scored the final three goals two the game, Two of those final three, including the game-winner, was scored by Filip Forsberg, who now has three goals on the year. Scott Hartnell also had a big game as he scored twice, including the tying goal in the 3rd period. He now has three goals on the year as well. Also scoring for the Preds was Craig Smith, which was his first of the year and Nick Bonino, which was his first of year. The Preds were 24-17 on their home ice last year. Pekka Rinne didn’t have a great game against the Flyers as he allowed five goals on 30 shot attempts, but thanks to the offense, he was able to pick up his first win of the year. Last year, he was 31-28 with a 2.42 GAA overall, including 21-11 with a 2.23 GAA here at home. Rinne has gone 171-105 with a 2.21 GSAA in his home starts in his career and 30-30 with a 2.45 GAA during the month of October, while against the Central Division he has gone 93-82 with a 2.42 GAA and he is 13-11 with a 2.85 GAA in his career against the Stars.
The Predators ranked 11th in the league in scoring last year at 2.90 gpg, while also ranking 6th in shots taken (31.2 spg) and 16th in power play conversions, converting on 18.9% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they were very average as they ranked 15th in goals allowed, giving up 2.68 gpg, while also ranking 16th in shots allowed (30.1) and 15th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.1% of their chances.
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- 1-4 in their last 5 overall
The Preds come in off their first win of the year as they beat the Flyers by a score of 6-5, but they really didn’t play well in that game and will be taking on a Stars team that is also off its first win of the year. The Stars are expected to have a much better season than a year ago when they missed the postseason, while the Preds could be headed for a mediocre year after losing in the Stanley Cup Finals last year. The Stars have the edge on offense in this one and their goaltending has improved with the addition of Ben Bishop. Pekka Rinne is not off to a good start and while he is 13-11 in his career, he has a high 2.85 GAA in those games. I look for the Stars to pull the mini-upset here.