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Nashville has Preyed on Stars in Tennessee

In my favorite matchup in the NHL so far this year, the flashy Dallas Stars take their show on the road to Tennessee to match up with the new-look Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Both squads are 1-1-0 thus far but have gotten very different performances from their starting netminders.

  • The Stars are 2-5 in their last 7 games on the road against the Predators.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Stars' last 7 games on the road against the Predators.
  • The Predators are 2-7 in their last 9 games with a closing total of 5.5 or more.

It’s no longer Smashville in Preds’ country as they’ve moved away from the lockdown defensive style they had trademarked since they were introduced to the NHL almost 20 years ago. Nashville made a series of moves over the last two seasons that has made the team one of the most skilled in the league. The Predators began their season with a home-and-home with the Blackhawks and came out on the other side with a 1-1-0 record.

Pekka Rinne is in line for the start tonight after Marek Mazanec got throttled for five goals against on just 27 shots in his first start of the season. The Preds’ veteran tendy allowed just two goals on 24 shots in his only start so far this year.

The Stars are who we thought they were coming into the season. They’ve scored a total of nine goals in their first two games and have allowed eight. It’s going to be that way all season with the combination of Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen as your starters – If you like goals, this is the team to watch.

Take advantage of these 5.5 totals in Stars games while they still exist. OVERs have been cashing at an insane rate so far this year and I like this game to also eclipse 5.5.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Nashville Predators in this one found them earlier as 138 favorites on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.1-2.2 win for the Stars. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Nashville Predators sport a record of 1-1-0 heading into this matchup, while the Dallas Stars sit at 1-1-0 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 1-0-1 for the Predators and 2-0 for the Stars. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Nashville vs Dallas injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Nashville Predators rated this week at No. 6 and the Dallas Stars sitting at No. 4.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Nashville's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 3 goals per game, against a Stars defense that ranks No. 24 at 4 goals allowed. The Predators power play is averaging 50% while the Stars defense kills off 75% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Dallas, they were a 6-5 loser as they battled the Avalanche on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Avalanche at +107 were rewarded, while the 11 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Predators were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Blackhawks. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -125 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Dallas is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Dallas is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Dallas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Nashville
  • Nashville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games
  • Nashville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Nashville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Dallas home to Los Angeles, Thursday, October 20th
Nashville at Detroit, Friday, October 21st