On Thursday, March 5, Dallas takes on Nashville in a key playoff implication battle. The Stars are in a good position for a playoff bid. Nashville has a ton of ground to make up. Will the home town Predators manage a win against one of the best defensive teams in NHL? Or, will the Stars come up with the victory? Check out NHL odds, analysis, and a free pick for Stars vs Predators!
Stars vs Predators NHL Odds, Preview, and Pick
- When: Thursday, March 4 at 8:00 pm ET
- Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
- Moneyline Odds: Stars -105 / Predators -115 / Over/Under Odds: 5 ½
Why Dallas Stars are a good bet to win -105
The Dallas Stars have a solid 18-11-3-2 away record. Also, Dallas ranks second in goals allowed per at 2.5. That gives Dallas a huge chance to beat Nashville on Thursday night. Another reason to like the Stars? In the last head-to-head, Dallas dominated 4-2. The Stars outshot the Preds 35-33. Unless the Preds figure out how to beat the Stars’ blue line, a repeat performance could be in the cards.
- Goals For: 2.7
- Shots For: 30.5
- Power Plays: 22.3%
- Face-Offs: 52%
- Goals Against: 2.5
- Shots Against: 31.7
- Penalty Kills: 80.4%
- Shutouts: 4
Why Nashville Predators are a good bet to win -115
Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators in the last head-to-head. But, Nashville could turn the tables on their Central rival. The Predators have a competitive 16-14-3-1 home record. Not only that but the Preds average 3 goals per, which should put pressure on the Stars. Everything went right for Dallas in the last match. Everything could go right for the Predators on Thursday. The home team has a chance.
- Goals For: 3.1
- Shots For: 33.2
- Power Plays: 16.1%
- Face-Offs: 52.1%
- Goals Against: 3.2
- Shots Against: 31.1
- Penalty Kills: 74.2%
- Shutouts: 2
NHL Betting Trends for Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators
- Stars are 10-1 in their last 11 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
- Dallas is 7-2 in their last 9 on a Thursday
- Stars are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville
- Over is 4-1 in Stars last 5 on the road
- Nashville is 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1-day rest
- Predators are 4-0 in their last 4 on a Thursday
- Stars are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings
- Over is 8-2-1 in Predators last 11 on a Thursday
Stars vs Predators NHL Final Betting Analysis
Dallas thoroughly dominated the Predators in the last matchup. But things are different for Thursday’s game. Stars’ top goalie Ben Bishop has a lower back issue. Dallas battled the Edmonton Oilers with Bishop on the bench and look what happened?
The Oilers beat the Stars 2-1. There’s no guarantee Ben puts on the pads for this game on March 5. In fact, if we had to guess, we’d guess he skips another one. Even if Bishop plays, he won’t be 100%, which makes the Predators an attractive play.
Dallas leans on its defense. If it can’t lean on its defense, it has trouble. That’s why the Stars are 0-3 in their last 3. Give Nashville a shot. The Predators haven’t played great. But they and their fans should be motivated. Devastating tornadoes hit the area on Tuesday. Nashville wins.
NHL Free Pick: Predators -115