The Dallas Stars visit the Nashville Predators this Wednesday to begin the second half of their respective seasons when they take the ice for the first time since the All-Star Break. The Central Division Rivals both have their sights set on the postseason, but the Stars have some work to do in the second half. As for Nashville, they resume play in second place in the division, but have just a +19 goal differential. They’ll need to improve on that to keep their spot in the standings.
The All-Star Break came at the right time, as Dallas has gone just 5-5-0 in their last 10 and struggled significantly on the road (8-12-1). They’ve had promising moments this season, as their lone All-Star representative Joe Pavelski is having a solid season with 19 goals and 29 assists through 43 games. They’ll get their second half started at home in the American Airlines Center on Wednesday.
The Predators come in hot with wins in four of their last five games and are benefitting from a stellar season from Juuse Saros in his first full season as the Predators’ starting goalie. Saros is tied for fourth in the NHL in save percentage (.927) and 10th in GAA (2.35). The Stars are slight -115 favorites with a total of 5.5 o115.
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