Stars Even The Series
The Dallas Stars (2-2) exchanged home and away wins with the Nashville Predators in their First Round playoff series after notching a 5-1 victory at American Airlines Center on Wednesday. Roope Hintz (2 goals, 2 points this postseason) buried his first two playoff strikes, with Alexander Radulov (2 goals, 3 points), Andrew Cogliano (1 goal, 1 point) and Mats Zuccarello (3 goals, 3 points) also on the scoreboard, as Dallas won for the seventh time in its last 11 overall outings (7-2-2).
Goalie Ben Bishop made 34 saves to take his postseason tally to 23-15 with a 2.08 GAA and a .928 save percentage. He is 2-2 for the ongoing playoffs with a 1.98 GAA and a .942 save percentage, and has recorded a 2-5-2 past tally against Nashville with a 3.75 GAA and a .877 save percentage. The Stars, meanwhile, are 7th in least goals scored per game during the current postseason (2.75), 2nd in least goals conceded on average (2.00), 8th in power play (21.2%) and top of the bunch in penalty kill (100.0%).
Preds Snap Win Run
The Nashville Predators (2-2) failed to record three consecutive victories after dropping a 5-1 decision against the Dallas Stars in Game 4 of their First Round playoff series at American Airlines Center on Wednesday. The Preds outshot the hosts 35-29 and saw further 31 attempts blocked, but failed on both of their power-play opportunities and went just 3-for-6 on penalty kill, allowing four strikes in the first period alone. Roman Josi (2 goals, 2 points this postseason) buried the only snipe for Nashville.
Goalie Pekka Rinne conceded four markers on eight shots in just 13:45 minutes of play before being pulled for Juuse Saros, who made 20 saves in relief. Rinne is 45-41 with a 2.47 GAA and a .915 save percentage in his playoff career, 2-2 with a 3.08 GAA and a .902 save percentage for the rolling postseason, and 16-11-2 with a 2.68 GAA and a .905 save percentage against Dallas historically. The Predators are scoring the 2nd lowest quantity of goals per game during the current playoffs (2.00), while giving up the 7th lowest amount defensively (2.75). They are bottom of the league in power play (0.0%) and 9th in penalty kill (78.9%).
- Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- Predators are 12-4 in their last 16 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Stars are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games.
- Stars are 3-7 in their last 10 playoff games as an underdog.