Thursday NHL: Peterson picks the Detroit Red Wings vs Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars
Dallas Stars center Radek Faksa.Tony Gutierrez | Associated Press Photo

Thursday NHL: Peterson picks the Detroit Red Wings vs Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars

Detroit Red Wings (+158) @ Nashville Predators (-180), 8 pm EDT; Tampa Bay Lightning (-170) @ Dallas Stars (+135), 8:30 pm.

Detroit Red Wings (+158) @ Nashville Predators (-180), 8:00 EDT

Winning 4 of their past 5 including impressive victories over the Sunshine State's finest – Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning – the Nashville Predators are flying sky-high right now. Although the Nashville Moneyline may be tempting considering their momentum, lean on the UNDER 5.5 for maximum betting value as neither team scores many goals. Nashville is averaging 2.4 goals per game lately and Detroit is averaging 2.2. Expect another low-scoring affair following a 2-0 Nashville thumping Tuesday evening over the Red Wings.

PICK: Under 5.5 (-113)

Tampa Bay Lightning (-170) @ Dallas Stars (+135), 8:30 pm EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars meet for a 5th time this season Thursday night where Tampa Bay will attempt to pick up right where they left off and defeat Dallas for the 2nd time in a week. Tampa Bay is 4-0 against the Stars this season, so expect the Moneyline to be set pretty high for this one. Pass on the Moneyline as well as the Spread, and choose to invest in the UNDER 5.5 instead. Over the course of the 4 games they've had this season, the average game TOTAL is 3.75 when these 2 clubs meet.

PICK: Under 5.5 (-135)

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