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A pair of teams from the Central Division will square off in this first round NHL playoff game and we will see the Nashville Predators duke it out with the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Predators lead the series two games to one.
Preds Look To Keep Rolling
The Nashville Predators had another solid season and they now have a shot at grabbing a 3-1 lead over the Stars in this best-of-seven series. Nashville lost game one of the series by a score of 3-2, but they have fought back with a 2-1 win in game two in OT and a 3-2 win in game three. The Preds have now grabbed back their home-ice advantage, which is important in the playoffs, especially with how well they have played at home. Nashville has been hot overall as they have now won five of their last six games and they will look to keep it rolling in this one. Scoring in the game three win was Rocco Grimaldi, which was his 7th of the year, Filip Forsberg, which was his 29th, and Mikael Granlund, which was his 17th. Granlund’s goal was the game-winner at the 11:41 mark of the 3rd period.
Grabbing the win was Pekka Rinne, who stopped 40 of the 42 shots that he faced. During the regular season, he was 30-23 with a 2.42 GAA overall, including 11-13 with a 2.72 GAA on the road and 1-2 with a 2.77 GAA against the Stars. In his career, he has gone 45-41 with a 2.43 GAA in the playoffs and 16-13 with a 2.68 GAA against the Stars (Reg Sea). The Predators have gone 23-19 on the road and they have averaged 2.88 gpg and have allowed 2.71 gpg in those games. During the regular season, Nashville ranked 31st in the league in power play conversions at 12.9% and 6th in penalty kill at 82.1%.
Stars Need To Find Their Offense
The Dallas Stars have not been a great offensive team this year, but they need to find a bit more of it or they will have an early exit in this year’s playoffs. Dallas did average 3.00 gpg over their last seven games in the regular season, but they have been able to score a total of six goals in the first three games of this series. Dallas has been very strong in the crease at home, but still, they will need to score if they hope to win this one. They were down 2-0 in the 2nd period, before scoring one in the 2nd and one in the 3rd to tie it up. That was it for their offense and it was a tough 3-2 loss for them. Scoring in the loss was Mats Zuccarello, which was his 14th of the year and Tyler Seguin, which was his 34th.
Absorbing the loss was Ben Bishop, who allowed three goals on 28 shot attempts. Bishop was 27-17 with a 1.98 GAA during the regular season, including 17-9 with a 1.90 GAA here at home and 0-1 with a 4.80 GAA against the Preds. In his career, he has gone 22-15 with a 2.10 GAA in postseason play and 2-7 with a 3.75 GAA against the Preds (Reg Sea). Dallas has gone 24-18 here at home for the year and they have averaged 2.83 gpg and have allowed 2.26 gpg in those games. During the regular season, the Stars ranked 11th in power play conversions at 21.0% and 5th in penalty kill at 82.8%.
- 2-5 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 1-5 their last six home games in this series
- 12-3 in their last 15 Conference Quarterfinals games
- 7-3 in their last 10 games as a road underdo