Stars vs. Predators Prediction
The Nashville Predators finished with the second-most points in the Western Conference and begins its postseason run at home tonight versus the Dallas Stars. Will Nashville ease to a win to start the series off on a positive note?
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Bridgestone Arena at 9:30PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Predators are listed as a -160 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Stars are a +140 underdog, while the over-under is set at 5 goals. As of Wednesday morning, 65 percent of public bets are being placed on host Nashville. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Stars end regular season strong
Dallas won five of its last seven regular season games to clinch a playoff spot with a 43-32-7 record and 93 points. Center Tyler Seguin highlights the Stars offense as he comes into the playoffs after racking up 33 goals and 47 assists. Right winger Alexander Radulov accounted for 29 goals and 43 assists in 70 games, while left winger Jamie Benn tallied 27 goals and 26 assists over 78 games. Ben Bishop compiled a strong regular season in net as he had a 27-15-2 record with a 1.98 goals-against average plus a .934 save percentage. Anton Khubodin recorded a 16-17-5 record, 2.57 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
Predators win Central Division
Nashville ended the regular season with a 47-29-6 record plus 100 points to win the Central Division title. The Predators won five of their last six regular season games to come into the playoffs on a high note. Nashville is led by center Ryan Johansen as he accumulated 14 goals and 50 assists over 80 games. Defenseman Roman Josi tallied 15 goals and 41 assists, while center Filip Forsberg (28 goals, 22 assists and right winger Viktor Arvidsson (34 goals, 14 assists) were both big contributors when healthy. Veteran goaltender Pekka Rinne went 30-19-4 with a 2.42 goals-against average plus a .919 save percentage.
NHL Betting Trends
The Stars are 4-1 in their last five games as an underdog. The road team is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
The Predators are 4-1 in their last five games as a favorite. Nashville is 20-8 in its last 28 Wednesday games.
Nashville seems as though it is close to putting it all together every season and perhaps this is the year in a wide-open Western Conference. Rinne is a trusted goaltender, the team is full of capable defensemen and there are enough playmakers on front to win most games. While Bishop has been a force in goal for Dallas, look for Nashville to win a low-scoring game tonight to get the series off on the right foot.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: NASHVILLE PREDATORS -160