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Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars
NHL: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 8:30 PM EST
After winning two games to take a 2-1 series lead the Predators have lost the last two games and face elimination in this Game 6. In winning two in a row the Preds only gave up three goals, but in their last two losses they have given up five goals in each. Nashville has to shore up their defense, as their offense has not been great in the series either not scoring more than three goals in any game.
Can the Stars eliminate another higher seed in this crazy playoff’s season where the top two seeds from each conference have already been sent home? They are at home and have the momentum winning the last two games where they have outscored the Predators 10-4.
The Predators have won five of their last seven games against the Stars in the Big D.
Not the best 2nd period
In Game 5 in Nashville, the Predators gave up the lead 40 seconds into the 2nd period where they were outscored 3-1. They had more shots in the game (33-26) and failed to convert on their only power play opportunity. Rocco Grimaldi, Ryan Johansen, and Kyle Turris all lit the lamp for Dallas in the losing effort. Pekka Rinne (30-19-4 2.42 GAA) took the loss giving up five goals on only 26 shots and in his previous start he was lit up giving up four goals in less than 14 minutes before being yanked.
Grimaldi leads the club with three goals in this playoff series and Viktor Arvidsson, who led the team in goals on the season, has been a no show in the series failing to register a single point in any of the five games. Nashville is 4-1 in their last five road games and they are 5-2 in their last seven games after allowing five or more goals in their previous game.
Closer to taking out #2
I mentioned the top two seeds in each conference are gone and the Stars can jettison #2 Nashville with a home win in this game. They outscored the Preds 3-1 in the 2nd period of Game 2 and they were 0/2 on the power play in the game.
Jason Dickinson and Alexander Radulov each had two goals in the game, Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist, and Jaime Benn had three assists. Ben Bishop (27-15-2 1.98 GAA) gave up three goals on 33 shots to get the win and he has not given up more than three goals in any game in this series where he has started every game. Benn has five assists and a goal in the series and Radulov and Mats Zuccarello have combined for seven goals.
The Dallas Stars are:
- 6-2 in their last 8 overall
- 5-2 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games
- 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record
The Nashville Predators are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record