Bettors Insider
www.bettorsinsider.com
Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov reacts after scoring his second goal against Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey playoff series on April 20, 2019.
Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov reacts after scoring his second goal against Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey playoff series on April 20, 2019.|Mark Humphrey | Associated Press
NHL

NHL Playoffs: Dietel stays away from Capitals v Hurricanes, focuses on Stars v Predators

Craig Dietel

Craig Dietel

Best Bet
Predators over STARS

The Skinny
We are opting to steer clear of the Capitals v Hurricanes tilt tonight. Each of those teams has won all of their respective home games but we aren’t too confident either way especially after Carolina’s poor effort on Saturday. We prefer the Stars v Predators matchup instead tonight. The Predators have their backs up against a wall as they face elimination in the first round, something most people thought impossible at the start of the season but as we’ve learned, anything can happen in the playoffs (sorry Lightning, Jets, and Flames). We think that Nashville will be the outlier to the trend this year. Sure, they are without F Wayne Simmonds and sure, they are on the road, but we think they can pull out the grit and skill to pull his off. All they truly need is an all-star caliber performance from G Pekka Rinne, which he is certainly capable of, and they force a game 7. We’ll bet on that any day.