NHL Playoffs Betting Preview: Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators – Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas
When: Wednesday, April 17th at 8:00 PM ET
Money Line: Dallas -115
BetDSI has the Dallas Stars listed as -115 money line favorites over the Nashville Predators. The Dallas Stars enter this game with a record of 44-33-8 and have lost three of their last five games including two losses in a row in this series.
The Nashville Predators enter this game with a record of 49-30-6 and have won four of their last five games including games two and three in the series. Let’s take a closer took a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Nashville Predators.
The Predators 49-30-6 overall and 23-15-4 on the road. The Predators will be looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a win in this game. Nashville is 49-30-6 overall, 23-15-4 on the road and 8-5 as an underdog this season.
Nick Bonino, Mattias Ekholm, Rocco Grimaldi, Calle Jarnkrok and P.K. Subban are tied for the team lead in points with 2 apiece. Nick Bonino, Mattias Ekholm and Calle Jarnkrok are tied for the team lead in assists with 2 apiece. Rocco Grimaldi leads the team in goals with 2. Pekka Rinne is 2-1 with a .936 save % and is allowing 1.98 goals per game in the playoffs.
Nashville is averaging 2.91 goals per game which ranks 19th in the NHL. They are averaging 32.71 shots per game which ranks 11th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.4 power play goals per game which ranks 30th in the NHL. They are averaging 3.09 power play chances per game which ranks 7th in the NHL.
The Predators are allowing 2.59 goals per game which ranks 3rd in the NHL.
The Stars are 44-33-8 overall and 24-15-3 at home. The Dallas Stars will be looking to avoid going in a 1-3 series hole with a win in this game to tie the series back at 2-2. Dallas is 44-33-8 overall, 24-15-3 at home and 29-20-3 as a favorite.
Jamie Benn leads the team in points with 3. Jamie Benn and John Klingberg are tied for the team lead in assists with 2 apiece. Mat Zuccarello leads the team in goals with 2. Ben Bishop is 1-2 with a .931 save % and is allowing 2.3 goals per game in the playoffs.
Dallas is averaging 2.54 goals per game which ranks 29th in the NHL. They are averaging 30.73 shots per game which ranks 20th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.54 power play goals per game which ranks 19th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.67 power play chances per game which ranks 28th in the NHL.
The Stars are allowing 2.46 goals per game which ranks 2nd in the NHL.
Nashville takes the 3-1 series lead
Both of these teams have two of the top goaltenders in the NHL, but the Predators have a slightly better scoring team. Nashville is 6-3-1 in their last ten match-ups with Dallas while outscoring the Stars by an average of 2.6 to 2.4 in those games.
The Predators are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Stars while outscoring Dallas by an average of 2.33 to 2 in those contests. I look for those trends to continue with a Predators win on the road against the Stars and to take the 3-1 series lead. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.