Two Western Conference teams will square off Saturday night in a National Hockey League betting odds affair. The Nashville Predators will take on the Dallas Stars. Nashville is 41-26-14 on the season, for 96 points. The Predators will take on the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the postseason. For Dallas, they are tied with the St. Louis Blues for the lead in the Central Division. The Stars own the tiebreaker, so a win in this game, will seal home ice for the entire Western Conference postseason. Dallas is 49-23-9, for 107 points.
How To Bet on the Predators vs. Stars NHL Odds, TV and Game Info
Why Bet on the Stars
The Dallas Stars are the top scoring team in all of the National Hockey League, with 3.2 goals per game. Jamie Benn has put together a tremendous season, as he has scored 41 goals and passed for 47 assists. Defensively, Dallas is fairly strong as well. The Stars are allowing teams to score 2.8 goals per game, but in times of need, they have shut down opponents. The Stars have had one of the best improvements from last season in the league. Dallas wrapped up 91 and 92 points from the past two seasons.
Why Bet on the Predators
The Nashville Predators are coming off back to back wins over Colorado and Arizona. The Predators top goal scorer this season has been Filip Forsberg, with 32 goals and an additional 29 assists. The Predators as a team score 2.7 goals per game, while they allow opponents to score 2.6. Craig Hutton has been a solid backup goaltender for Pekka Rinne this season. Hutton has slightly better goals against average than Rinne on the season. Nashville will finish fourth in the Central Division, where five teams will be heading to the postseason.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Look for Nashville to want to go to Dallas and beat them. The Predators don’t care for the Stars, and would love to knock them off the top spot in the West. The difference for Dallas would be either the Minnesota Wild in the first round or the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stars will play well, but Nashville will play better. In a little bit of a surprise, the Dallas Stars are going to fall in this game, and see St. Louis overtake them on the final day of the season. The Nashville Predators +133 is the bet in this game.
The final score prediction: Nashville 3 and Stars 2.