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Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Preview and Predictions 04-22-2019 in NHL


The top team in each conference already has been ushered out of the opening round of the playoffs and the No. 2 seed in the West is trying to avoid a similar fate in its first-round series. The Central Division champion Nashville Predators are wobbly after suffering back-to-back losses and need a victory in Game 6 at the Dallas Stars on Monday night to stave off elimination.

The Predators have won three times in Dallas this season, including a 3-2 victory in Game 3, but they have been burned for 10 goals in the past two defeats. "We've played a lot of playoff games, we've been put in these situations and positions before," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said after Saturday's 5-3 setback at home. "They've answered the bell, they'll answer the bell in Game 6 and we'll bring it back here - but this group's got to go and do it." The Stars, in the playoffs for only the third time in 11 seasons, have scored at least five goals in consecutive games for the first time this season. "I think we keep getting better, and we have to keep getting better," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. "The next one's the hardest one because it's the potential to end someone's season. That's the challenge in front of us now."

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, CNBC, Sportsnet1, TVAS2, FS Tennessee (Nashville), FS Southwest (Dallas) LINE: Stars -1.5

ABOUT THE PREDATORS: The good news for Nashville: Rocco Grimaldi, despite being a Game 1 scratch, has scored in three of his four games. The bad news: The 5-foot-6 Grimaldi leads the team in goals while the No. 1 line of Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson has combined for four points in the series after amassing 76 goals during the regular season -- including a team-high 34 by Arvidsson, who has been held off the scoresheet by Dallas. "The bottom line is we're not playing good enough and we need to raise our level - everybody," goaltender Pekka Rinne said.



ABOUT THE STARS: While Dallas rode the stellar goaltending of Ben Bishop and a defense that permitted the second-fewest goals during the regular season to the first wild card, the top line of Tyler Seguin, captain Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov has tilted the momentum. The trio accounted for seven of its 16 points and 16 shots on goal in Game 5 while matched up against Nashville's No. 1 unit. "Our line's all about work," Seguin said. "It's about will. Obviously, we have the skill and the talent there. But when we're working hard, we're happy to go up against anybody."

OVERTIME

1. Bishop, named a Vezina Trophy finalist on Saturday, has not allowed more than three goals in his last 17 appearances.

2. Arvidsson did not go more than three games in a row without a point during the regular season.

3. Benn had three assists in Game 5 to take over the team lead with six points.

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Dallas, Texas, USA.
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Dallas Stars

  • Stephen Johns

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    Out indefinitely | out

    Johns is recovering from post traumatic headaches that kept him out of the 2018-2019 season, and his availability for the 2019-2020 campaign is up in the air.

dallas-stars Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
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81 15 1 0 2 7 6 1 1 3 2 1953 114

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">Miro Heiskanen
82 12 4 0 0 5 7 2 0 8 1 2282 182
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Anton Khudobin 41 37 0 0 0 17 16 3 2
Ben Bishop 46 45 0 0 0 15 27 2 2
Alexander Radulov 70 0 10 6 60 0 0 0 54
Ben Gleason 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Blake Comeau 77 0 32 25 208 0 0 0 42
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Tyler Seguin 82 0 47 18 0
Alexander Radulov 70 0 43 16 0
John Klingberg 64 0 35 15 0
Jamie Benn 78 0 26 3 0
Esa Lindell 82 0 21 3 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Anton Khudobin 41 37 95 2.568 35 32 25 3 1232 18 399 417 398 0
Ben Bishop 46 45 87 1.979 19 34 32 2 1323 5 431 424 463 0
Landon Bow 2 0 1 1.030 1 0 0 0 19 0 3 8 8 0
Alexander Radulov 70 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 83
Ben Gleason 4 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Ben Bishop 46 45 7 0 0 0
Anton Khudobin 41 37 2 0 0 2
Alexander Radulov 70 0 0 3 0 0
Ben Gleason 4 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Comeau 77 0 0 0 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Ben Bishop 46 45 134050 11561 158238 12627
Anton Khudobin 41 37 113606 9014 133170 10550
Esa Lindell 82 0 98016 5727 119687 15944
Miro Heiskanen 82 0 98693 8195 113717 6829
Tyler Seguin 82 0 83110 14701 102082 4271

nashville-predators Stats 2018-2019

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">Filip Forsberg
64 28 4 1 1 14 12 7 2 10 2 1577 217

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">Craig Smith
76 21 2 0 7 10 4 4 0 8 0 1545 205

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">Nick Bonino
81 17 1 0 5 6 6 3 0 3 1 1873 118

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">Colton Sissons
75 15 3 1 5 5 4 1 0 2 1 1652 111
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Juuse Saros 31 27 0 0 0 10 17 2 0
Pekka Rinne 56 55 0 0 0 19 30 2 4
Anthony Bitetto 18 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 4
Austin Watson 37 0 9 7 109 0 0 0 39
Calle Jarnkrok 79 0 165 166 56 0 0 0 12
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Ryan Johansen 80 0 50 16 1
Roman Josi 82 0 41 10 1
Mattias Ekholm 80 0 36 5 2
Ryan Ellis 82 0 34 4 0
Filip Forsberg 64 0 22 3 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Juuse Saros 31 27 74 2.618 23 27 22 2 870 10 274 305 281 0
Pekka Rinne 56 55 130 2.423 41 52 35 2 1581 9 538 553 481 0
Anthony Bitetto 18 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13
Anthony Richard 1 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Austin Watson 37 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 28
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Pekka Rinne 56 55 4 0 0 2
Juuse Saros 31 27 3 0 0 0
Anthony Bitetto 18 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Richard 1 0 0 0 0 0
Austin Watson 37 0 0 0 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Pekka Rinne 56 55 160002 17422 193184 15760
Roman Josi 82 0 96402 14670 123814 12742
Ryan Ellis 82 0 94683 10299 118150 13168
Mattias Ekholm 80 0 94855 6594 112147 10698
Juuse Saros 31 27 84053 8357 101773 9363