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Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars predictions, picks and best bets

The Nashville Predators will try to avoid elimination when facing off against the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of their first-round series Monday at American Airlines Center. The game will start shortly after 8:30 p.m. Eastern with the Stars holding a 3-2 series lead over the Central Division champs.

Odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook; for a full-set of today’s sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports.

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars: By the Numbers

  • Dallas has won two straight games by an aggregate score of 10-4 with six different players accounting for those goals.
  • Both teams have received goals from eight different players in the series. Alexander Radulov leads the Stars with four markers, while Rocco Grimaldi leads Nashville with three.
  • Nashville ranks second among all playoff teams with a Corsi For Percentage (rate of all attempted shots) of 56.32, according to Corsica.Hockey.
  • The Stars have scored four power-play goals in the series while the Predators haven’t scored with the man advantage after having the league’s worst power play in the regular season with a success rate of just 12.9 percent.

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars: Projected Goalie Starters

Pekka Rinne vs. Ben Bishop

Rinne, the 2017-18 Vezina Trophy winner, ranks 15th among all playoff goalies with a save percentage of just .883 through five games.

Bishop ranks third among postseason starters with a mark of .935. He has faced 42 more shots in the series than Rinne.

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars: Key Injuries

Predators RW Wayne Simmonds resumed skating on Friday after suffering a leg injury in Game 2. It’s unknown if he’ll be able to play in Game 6.

Stars LW Mattias Janmark missed his third consecutive game on Saturday but he has been practicing with the team.

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars: NHL Best Bet

Moneyline: The Stars are comfortable -130 favorites on home ice as they look to advance to Round 2. They’ve been able to get this far with the much better goaltender in the series and can be trusted once again.

Against the spread: Each of the past two Dallas victories has been by at least two goals. Roll with -1.5 again in Game 6 at +230.

Over/under: There’s better value in the OVER on a total of 5 (+105). It’s a good play while backing the Stars.

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