NHL Winter Classic Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Odds Analysis

NHL Winter Classic Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Odds Analysis

The Dallas Stars have had quite the volatile month already with the firing of head coach Jim Montgomery due to personal conduct issues. As a matter of fact, the Stars were roiling with the NHL odds at the time of Montgomery’s dismissal which left players and fans shocked and wondering what the story really was. The Nashville Predators were considered to be Stanley Cup material as recently as one year ago but have seen their defense and goaltending go from top tier to the back of the pack. Dallas and Nashville will meet in perhaps the most unique setting yet for the annual Winter Classic that is set for the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars – 2020 Bridgestone Winter Classic
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 2 p.m. ET
Location: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas Texas
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Predators vs. Stars TV Coverage: NBC

Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Wagering Odds Analysis

Nashville is still remembered by casual public gamblers as a quality team with the NHL odds due to their appearance in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dallas may not be as well known but sharps will give them a strong look due to their superior recent play and vastly better defense and goaltending.

Current Form

Nashville enters this game with a record of 18-14-4-2 and ranks sixth in the NHL for goal scored. However, the once vaunted Predators defense has fallen to 26th for goals allowed. And that is what has put Nashville’s playoff prospects in serious jeopardy.

Dallas enters this game with a mark of 21-14-2-2 which is good for the third and final automatic playoff spot in the Central Division. The Stars rank sixth in the NHL for goal scoring and 26th for goals against.

Key Predators: D Roman Josi (14 G, 25 A, 39 PTS, +17, 4 PPG, 9 PPA, 10.1 SPCT), D Ryan Ellis (6 G, 22 A, 28 PTS, +15, 0 PPG, 6 PPA, 6.7 SPCT), C Calle Jarnkrok (12 G, 15 A, 27 PTS, +2, 2 PPG, 4 PPA, 14.0 SPCT), G Pekka Rinne (13-7-3, 3.02 GAA, .894 SVPCT, 3 SO)

Key Stars: C Tyler Seguin (11 G, 20 A, 31 PTS, +4, 1 PPG, 6 PPA, 7.7 SPCT), RW Alexander Radulov (10 G, 15 A, 25 PTS, +13, 5 PPG, 2 PPA, 10.6 SPCT), G Ben Bishop (13-9-3, .926 SVPCT, 1 SO), D Miro Heiskanen (7 G, 15 A, +9, 0 PPG, 0 PPA, 7.0 SPCT)

Nashville and Dallas against the Spread

The Predators are:

4-5 against the line in their last nine away games
5-2 over the total on the road
4-6 on the road against Central Division teams
4-5-1 under the total in their last 10 matchups at Central Division opponents
2-5 in their last seven games against Dallas
3-6-2 under the total head to head with the Stars

The Stars are:

8-5 in their last 13 home games against the Predators
7-1-1 over the total when hosting Nashville
12-4 with the odds in their last 16 home game
1-7 under the total at home
8-3 on the board in their last 11 home games against the Central Division
1-4 under the total when hosting Central Division

2020 Winter Classic Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Free Picks

The Cotton Bowl has gone from being host to one of college football’s elite bowl games to being the venue for hockey’s New Year’s Day celebration. Homestanding Dallas has the defense and goaltending to make for the difference in this matchup of Sun Belt market teams playing outdoors in the Lone Star State!

Predators vs. Stars NHL Odds Best Bet: Dallas Stars
Predators vs. Stars NHL Odds Score Prediction: Stars 3, Predators 2

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