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Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars
NHL: Monday, April 15, 2019 at 9:30 PM EST
This series is tied at 1-1 and to say it has been close would be an understatement, as both games went to overtime. The Predators won Game 2 at home, but after the Game 1 loss, Dallas has home ice advantage in this series. However, Nashville has won five of their last six road games.
The Stars lost Game 2, but are still in good shape in this series. They showed why they rank 2nd in the league in goals against in the Game 2 loss, but also showed why they only rank tied for 28th in goals per game. This series has been a defensive battle so far with each team totaling only four goals in the two games.
The Predators have won four of their last four road games facing the Stars.
Back in the series
In Game 2 the Predators beat the Stars 2-1 in OT to get back in the series. They had 14 more shots in the game (42-28) and while they were 0/3 on the power play they killed all six of the power play opportunities that Dallas had. Rocco Grimaldi scored the lone goal in regulation for Nashville and Craig Smith played the hero scoring the game-winner in overtime.
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Pekka Rinne (30-19-4 2.42 GAA) stopped 22 of 23 shots in the win and in this series, he has given up four goals on 52 shots. Rinne ended the regular season giving up two goals in each of his last three starts.
Ryan Johansen led the Preds in both points and assists on the season and Viktor Arvidsson led them in goals, but each has failed to register a point in the two playoff games. This season, the Predators are 22-15-4 on the road.
The D is there, but the offense not
In the Game 2 loss, the defense was there for the Stars, but the offense was not only lighting the lamp once. Ben Bishop (27-15-2 1.98 GAA) played well in the losing effort giving up two goals on 42 shots and he has given up two goals in each of the first two games of this series on 74 shots. Bishop has not allowed more than two goals in his last 14 appearances and he ranks first in the league in save percentage and 2nd in GAA. Jamie Benn scored the lone goal for Dallas and the club had their chances with the extra man in Game 1, but failed to score on six power plays.
Benn has a goal and an assist in the two games in this series and Tyler Seguin, who led Dallas this season in points, goals, and assists, has notched one assist in the series. On the season, the Stars are 24-14-3 at home. The Stars have won five of their last seven Conference Quarterfinals games.
The Dallas Stars are:
- 6-2 in their last 8 overall
- 5-2 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games
- 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
The Nashville Predators are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Predators have won four of their last five games facing the Stars in the Big D, but do not look for that trend to continue. While the Stars offense may struggle again Ben Bishop will have another great game in between the pipes and like the first two games this will be a defensive battle. Dallas will come out on top at home and get the win and take a 2-1 lead in this series.
Prediction: PICK: Stars
Full-Game Total Pick
In the last six games between these teams in Dallas the total has gone Over every time, but that trend will not continue. Just like Game 2 this game will be a very defensive one and close and since it will be a low scoring affair you have to take the Under.
Prediction: PICK: Under