The Dallas Stars might have outplayed the Nashville Predators in two of the three games that have been played in their first round Western Conference playoff series, but they’ll be in all-out desperation mode as they try to even their series at four games apiece after losing Game 3 on Monday night. Let’s analyze the NHL Playoffs betting odds for game 4.Now, let’s find out where the best value lies in this contest.
Predators vs Stars 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds & Pick for Game 4
- When: Wednesday April 17, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
- TV: USA, Sportsnet, TVAS2, FS-Tennessee, FS Southwest
- Opening NHL Odds: Nashville -105/Dallas -115 (total 5
Why Bet On Nashville
Nashville finally has a lead in this series against a Dallas team that has far surpassed everyone’s expectations through three games and now the perennially-powerful Predators can take a commanding 3-1 lead by winning Game 4 by the narrow margin of 3-2 on Monday night.
Rocco Grimaldi, Filip Forsberg and Mikael Granlund all scored for Nashville, but it was goalie Pekka Rinne that led the way to victory by stopping 40 shots with several of them coming in stupendous fashion.
“It’s a huge win for us after going down in Game 1, but I don’t want to talk about momentum or anything like that because it’s such a dangerous thing,” Rinne said. “You lose that grip right away when you start thinking about it, so I think we have to prepare for Game 4 like it’s Game 1 or Game 7.”
Rinne stonewalled Stars captain Jamie Benn from point-blank range with a tremendous save in the third period.
“Every once in while he makes one like that you roll your eyes and say, ‘How did he do that?'” Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban said. “He’s been doing that for a long time.” Rocco Grimaldi has scored in back-to-back games after replacing forward Brian Boyle, who is week-to-week following an appendectomy.
- Goals: 2.91
- Shots: 32.71
- PP/PK Percentage: 12.93
- Goals: 2.59
- Shots: 30.04
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.36
Why Bet On Dallas
Dallas stole home-ice advantage with a 3-2 victory at Nashville in the series opener, and they’ve been surprisingly competitive in each of the last two games despite dropping both by a single goal, including their 2-1 overtime loss in Game 2. Still, the Stars are feeling confident heading into Game 4 and rightfully so, seeing as how they’ve basically outplayed Nashville up until this point.
“It’s 2-1, I think we’ve been the better team two out of three games,” coach Jim Montgomery said after his club ripped 42 shots on goal in Game 3. “Keep playing like that, usually hockey gods get back on your side.”
Goalie Ben Bishop, had not allowed more than two goals in any appearance since Feb. 4 but that streak halted came to an end in Game 3 thanks to a soft goal he let slip by off the stick of Nashville’s Mikael Granlund.
“You just got to put it behind you and go out and play our game,” Bishop said. “Some nights, there are unfortunate bounces. Some nights, you’re lucky. It doesn’t change anything. It’s the same routine, night in and night out.” Despite an abundance of chances, Dallas is 1-for-13 on the power play in the series.
- Goals: 2.54
- Shots: 30.73
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.26
- Goals: 2.46
- Shots: 31.67
- PP/PK Percentage: 16.60
Predators vs Stars NHL Betting Trends
- Nashville is 6-17 ATS in its last 23 games
- Nashville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Nashville’s last 15 games
- Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Dallas’s last 21 games
- Dallas is 8-16 ATS in its last 24 games at home
Expert Analysis and Prediction
The Dallas Stars have played some mostly stupendous hockey through three games and that’s why I like them to get past Nashville in a knock-down, drag-out affair on Wednesday night. While Nashville has gone 4-0 in their last four road games and 5-1 in their last six games overall, but the Predators are also just 1-4 in their last five games against a team with a winning record. On the flip side of the coin, Dallas has gone 6-2 in their last eight games, 5-2 in their last 7 games against their Western Conference counterparts and 10-4 in their last 14 games after scoring two goals or less in their previous game. I’m going with Dallas for the ‘upset’ win seeing as how they’ve played Nashville perfectly through three games and have a ton of motivation to get it done again in Game 4.
Pick: Dallas 3 Nashville 2