The Dallas Stars (-130), one of the NHL’s weakest power play offenses, are on the road to take on the Nashville Predators (+110) and their suffocating penalty killing defense at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday. The total is 6 (O: -110, U: -110)Dallas (20-9-6) is coming off a 4-2 win over the Canadiens on Friday.
The Stars committed only two penalties in the game, yet still conceded a power play goal. Roope Hintz was the top goalscorer for the Stars with two goals. Jake Oettinger had 22 saves in the win.
Nashville (14-13-5) fell 3-2 (OT) to the Avalanche on Friday. Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene each scored once for the Predators. Juuse Saros saved 43 of 46 shots (.934%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Stars have won both games between the teams this season, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent meeting in October. Hintz (2G 1A) and Jason Robertson (1G 2A) each had three points to lead Dallas. Nino Niederreiter scored Nashville’s only goal. Oettinger got the win, saving 29 of 30 shots (.966%).
Dallas is averaging 3.57 goals per game for the season, fifth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Predators team that is allowing 3.03 goals a game (16th). Meanwhile, Nashville has found the net 2.50 times a game on average, 30th in the league, and the Stars are allowing opponents to score 2.77 goals per game (9th).
The Stars’ 27.36% power play percentage is the fifth-best in the league, while the Predators rank 28th with a conversion rate of just 16.07%. Dallas has been equally impressive at penalty killing, boasting the league’s fourth-highest PK% at 82.64%. Nashville ranks 18th at 77.68%.
With 50 points this season, fourth-most in the NHL, Robertson is the top skater for the Stars. He is among the league leaders with 24 goals (3rd) and has added 26 assists. In the net, Oettinger (14-5-3) is Dallas’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.45 GAA and a .919% save percentage.
Duchene and Roman Josi lead the Predators in scoring with 26 points apiece. Duchene has 10 goals and 16 assists, while Josi has seven goals and 19 assists in 32 games. Filip Forsberg has nine goals and 16 assists. Saros (11-9-5) is the top goalie for Nashville with a goals against average of 2.81. He has a save percentage of .914%.
HOME AND AWAY
Dallas is 10-5-3 on the road this season. Nashville is 8-5-3 at home this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Dallas Stars (-130)
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