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Predators vs. Stars (Wednesday, February 9)

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Predator Ratings +100
Star ratings -120
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Time 8 p.m. ET
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It’s not too often these days that we see the Nashville Predators getting more money. That’s where they sit Tuesday afternoon, as they prepare to get back to work after the All-Star break on Wednesday against a Dallas Stars team that is 12 points behind them in the division standings. central.

And it’s not like the Predators are collapsing. In their last five games before All-Star Weekend, they went 4-0-1. They also have an impressive road record of 14-7-4 so far this season.

At 15-6-1, Dallas was very good at the American Airlines Center, but the Stars only won one of three in their last home game just before the break.

Nashville’s line for Wednesday’s game opened at +118 and is already down. Here’s why you should consider jumping on Preds whenever you can.

Predators seek to pick up where they left off

The Predators have been one of the NHL’s feel-good stories this season. Stepping up to a surprising spot in the 2021 playoffs, they’re now even better.

It starts with Juuse Saros’ elite goalkeeper and then the fans split up the roster. There’s the white-hot front row of Filip Forsberg, Mikael Granlund and Matt Duchene. There’s All-Star defenseman Roman Josi having another Norris Trophy-caliber season. There’s even rookie power forward Tanner Jeannot, who brings so much enthusiasm to his game that he forces his teammates to increase their own energy levels just to keep up with his pace.

The sum of those elements: a solid power play, an expected goal share of 13th at 5-5 (51.34%) and Saros fourth in the NHL with 19.3 goals recorded above expectations.

And did I mention Nashville was on a 4-0-1 tear heading into the All-Star break, covering the puck line in all four of its wins?

Can stars get a quality game on the net?

As for the Stars, their last game before the break was a third-period meltdown. They failed to protect a 3-1 lead over the Calgary Flames, losing 4-3 in regulation without showing anything for their effort.

Some positive numbers: Dallas has gone 5-2-0 in its last seven games, scoring five or more goals in four of those wins. The Stars’ power play is tied with the Predators – both teams are just over 25%.

And while big-money players like Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin haven’t produced at a level that matches their high salaries, ageless Joe Pavelski and sophomore Jason Robertson have both lit the lamp. with regularity. Moreover, Roope Hintz has just reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career.

Robertson missed practice Tuesday, reportedly with an eye infection, but is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday.

Not so good for the Stars: The penalty kill, which is eighth worst in the league at just 76%. And the goalkeepers have been inconsistent. Braden Holtby and Jake Oettinger both had their ups and downs, which averaged near-neutral goals recorded above expectations in both cases. Every night, it’s hard to know what the Dallas goalies will bring.

Predators-Stars Pick

Wednesday’s game will be the second meeting of the year between the Predators and the Stars; Nashville pulled away from the American Airlines Center with a 4-2 win in early November.

Based on their overall performance this season and their recent trend, it seems very plausible that we could see a similar outcome this time around.

That being said, this is hockey – a sport with lots of random moments and enough parity where almost any team can win any night.

Nonetheless, when Nashville is a road underdog, bettors would be wise to take note. There is great value in catching the Preds on the moneyline for Wednesday’s game.

Take: Nashville +100 | play down to -115.

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