Dallas Stars (14-14-10) vs. Nashville Predators (22-18-1)
The Dallas Stars will be looking for their third straight victory when they take on the Nashville Predators on Sunday. Dallas defeated Florida on Saturday, 4-1, giving them a 4-2-0 record in April. Nashville has won three straight games, defeating Detroit on Thursday, 7-1. They take on Tampa Bay on Saturday, but this preview was written prior to the conclusion of that contest.
Dallas is the favorite at -116. The odds for Nashville are set at -105. The Stars won the most recent contest between these teams, defeating the Predators back on April 1, 4-1. Dallas is 5-3-2 in the last 10 meetings between these teams. Nashville is 5-4-1 in the last 10 meetings.
Robertson Leads Stars Past PanthersJason Robertson scored two goals to lead Dallas to a 4-1 victory over Florida on Saturday. Joe Pavelski and Roope Hintz each had two assists for the Stars. Anton Khudobin stopped 20 of 21 shots to earn the victory.
🎥 Rick Bowness: "We needed it. That’s a very good hockey club over there, obviously fighting for first place in the division, and we finally got to their goalie."@ATT | #GoStars pic.twitter.com/3EczvP38cD— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 10, 2021
Dallas is 17th in the NHL in goals per game at 2.77 and are fifth in goals allowed at 2.46 per contest. They are 17th in shooting percentage at 9.4%. The power-play has been exceptional, third in the league at 25.8%, but they are 20th in penalty killing at 78.3%.
Jake Oettinger will go on Sunday. He is 6-5-6 with a 2.29 GAA and a .917 save percentage. Oettinger has allowed 12 total goals over his last five starts.
With two assists on Saturday, Pavelski now leads the team with 35 points. He is also the team leader in goals (15) and assists (20). Hintz is second in goals (12) and points (28).
Dallas will be without a number of players, including three of their defensemen, two who went down during Saturday’s game – Joel Hanley and Thomas Harley. Left-wing Joel Kiviranta is also out.
Arvidsson Leads Predators over Read WingsViktor Arvidsson scored a hat trick to help lead Nashville to a 7-1 victory over Detroit. The Predators scored three goals in the second and four in the third to earn the decisive victory. Juuse Saros stopped 25 of 26 shots. Three players had two assists for Nashville.
just look at it pic.twitter.com/5msD5PnOeM— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) April 9, 2021
Nashville is 25th in goals scored per game at 2.56 and are 15th in goals allowed at 2.83. They are 27th in shooting percentage at 8.5%. The power-play is 15th at 21.0% and they are 29th in penalty killing at 73.9%.
Pekka Rinne is 9-11-1 with a 3.02 GAA and a .900 save percentage. He had allowed five goals in back-to-back starts on March 11 and 13 but has allowed six total over his last three starts.
Nashville also has a number of players out, including five defensemen. Alexandre Carrier was lost in the victory against Detroit as was left-wing Filip Forsberg. Eeli Tolvanen is listed as questionable for Sunday. Forsberg is the leading scorer for this team, but will not be in the lineup. Roman Josi is second in scoring with 24 points and is the team leader in assist with 20. However, he has a -10 +/- ratio.
- 9-22 in their last 31 games.
- 1-6 in their last seven games when playing on zero day’s rest.
- 4-13 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record.
- 4-0 in their last four games on a Sunday.
- 9-1 in their last 10 games.
- 4-1 in their last five games at home.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
That oddsmakers view Dallas as the favorite I find surprising. Nashville is playing exceptionally well, and with the Stars playing on back-to-back nights it only seems logical that Nashville would be the favorite here. They do not see it that way, however.
It could be because Rinne has not been great this season, but he has performed well of late. In fact, even better than Oettinger is playing for the Stars. I clearly see Nashville has the winner here.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total for this contest is set at 5.5. The over is 2-0-2 in the last four meetings between these teams, however, they have gone under in seven of the last 12 meetings in Nashville. Dallas has gone under in three of their last five games while Nashville has gone under in three of their last seven.
What is interesting about this contest is that oddsmakers opted to not go with a whole number for the total goals. Nashville in the under is 3-1-3 in their last seven while Dallas is 3-0-2. It would have seemed they would’ve gone for the whole number looking for a push.
I will take advantage of their mistake. Take Nashville to win, 4-2.