The NHL is set up with an exciting slate of hockey on Sunday. Eleven games are up on the board throughout January 24. One of these games will be between the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars. These two teams have had solid starts to this season and will look to keep it up with a win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.
The Predators have earned a record of 2-2 throughout the early portion of this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Central Division. Nashville has lost back to back games after winning their first two games of the season. The Predators are coming off a huge loss on Friday night and will look to bounce back with a win in this one.
Dallas opened up this season with a win on Friday night against the Predators. The Stars missed the beginning of this season due to COVID-19 issues. Dallas will look to turn it around with a win in this one. The Stars were able to win their first game after a run to the Stanley Cup Finals last season. I expect Dallas to come out hot and carry momentum over int his one.
These two teams have come out hot to open up the season, but both teams have had games cancelled due to COVID-19. I expect the Predators and the Stars to try and come out hot in this one as they look for a win. Dallas dominated Nashville in their season opener and will look to continue to that streak with a win on Sunday night.
The Predators and the Stars met up four times throughout last season. Nashville hosted the first game. Alexander Radulov had two assists on the night as the Stars were able to earn a 4-1 win. The second game shifted to Dallas. Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist, but it was not enough. Mattias Janmark had a goal and an assist, while John Klingberg had two assists as the Stars won 4-2.
The third game of the season series shifted back to Nashville. Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene scored, while Juuse Saros had a 33 shot shutout as the Predators won 2-0. The final game of the season series was back in Dallas. Ryan Ellis had a goal on the night for Nashville. Saros had another 37 shot shutout to help give the Predators a 1-0 win to tie up the season series.
The first game of this season’s series was on January 22. Joe Pavelski had two goals and two assists for the Stars. Alexander Radulov had two goals and an assist, while John Klingberg had three assists. Joel Kiviranta and Roope Hintz each had two points as well. Anton Khudobin stopped all 34 shots he faced to lead the Stars to a dominate 7-0 win.
These two teams split the season series 2-2 throughout last season. The Predators shutout the Stars in the final two games of last season’s series, but Dallas returned the favor with a shutout in this one. I expect the Stars to come out hot in this one as they try to keep up that momentum. Nashville will need to do much better on special teams in this one.
The Predators special teams unit was not great and took a bigger hit against the Stars. Nashville has scored on 1 of their 16 power play opportunities, which is a 6.25 percent power play. The Predators have given up 6 goals on 16 power play attempts by opposing teams, which is a 62.5 percent kill rate. Nashville will need to turn things around quickly in this one.
Dallas finished out last season with a solid special teams unit. The Stars capitalized on 42 of their 199 power play chances, which was a 21.1 percent success rate. Dallas gave up 44 power play goals on 217 opportunities, which was a 79.7 percent penalty kill. The Stars scored on 5 of their 8 power play chances in the first game this season, while stopping all 5 penalties against them.
These two teams have been opposite on special teams. Nashville’s power play has struggled over the last few seasons, while their penalty kill took a big hit in this one. The Predators will look to have a much better performance in this one. The Stars will look to keep the power play going to give them a big edge coming into this one.
I expect Juuse Saros to get the nod in the crease in this one for Nashville on Sunday night. Saros has started three games this season, going 2-1 in his starts. He has put up a save percentage of .915 and a 3.00 GAA so far this season as well. Saros was pulled in his first game against the Stars, after giving up 5 goals on 20 shots. The Predators will need Saros to bounce back quickly in this one.
Anton Khudobin will likely get the start in the net for the Stars in this matchup. Khudobin had a strong showing last season, going 16-8-4 through his starts. He finished last season with a .930 save percentage and a GAA of 2.22. Khudobin stopped all 34 shots he faced to open up this season. Dallas will look for him to keep up those stats entering this one.
These two goalies have been strong throughout the early portion of this season. Khudobin came out and picked up right where he left off in the playoffs this season. Saros has been playing well, but hit a rough patch on Friday night. I expect Nashville to pick up their play in this one after dominating in the shot category on Friday. If the Predators can keep that up in this one, it could help them bounce back with a win.
Nashville is coming off an embarrassing loss to the Stars on Friday night, but I think that the Predators will come out much better in this one. Nashville will look to come out hotter on Sunday night as they look to erase the sour taste from the 7-0 loss. The Predators will look to change things up on special teams to avoid allowing Dallas to dominate them in this one.
BetOnline has the Stars listed as a -109 against the money line in this one. This implies that Dallas will win this game around 52.2 percent of the time. I think that this line is right. Nashville is coming off a big loss and most of the time after a loss like that, a team will bounce back in their next game. I think that the Predators will earn a win on Sunday as they look to get back in the win column.