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Nashville Predators take on Stars in hockey test

Nashville Predators

Dallas Stars
16-17-4 December 27, 2013, 08:30 PM | American Airlines Center 18-12-6

The visiting Predators hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at American Airlines Center against the Dallas Stars.

The Stars bring a 18-12-6 record to the battle against the 16-17-4 Predators. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Dallas go 19-15-2 so far and the Predators go 14-16-7.

View Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 130 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 17-rated Stars and the No. 21-ranked Predators, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Nashville lost its last outing, a 6-2 result against the Bruins on December 23. Bettors who backed the Bruins at -135 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Dallas, they were a 5-2 winner as they battled the Kings on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Stars at +175 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 8-ranked offense (2.94 goals per game) against a Predators defense that ranks No. 21 at 2.95 goals per game allowed. The Stars powerplay has clicked at a 11.63% rate while the Predators have a 81.82% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Predators at Stars trends to consider:
Nashville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Nashville is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Nashville is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Nashville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Dallas
Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games at home
Dallas is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Nashville
Dallas is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Nashville

Next up:
Nashville home to Los Angeles, Saturday, December 28th
Dallas home to St. Louis, Sunday, December 29th