Nashville vs Dallas Mon, Apr 15
|*Community||DAL -120 60%||o/5 52%|
*Consensus from 1669 predictions.
|12.931st||Power Play %||21.011th|
|82.16th||Penalty Kill %||82.85th|
|31st||Power Play %||11th|
|6th||Power Play %||5th|
Betting Prediction for Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars on April 15, 2019, 9:30 PM ET
Free Betting Prediction: Dallas will WIN and the Total will go Over .
After two tightly contested games at Bridgestone Arena, the opening-round matchup between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars heads to American Airlines Center for Game 3. Dallas drew first blood in the series with a 3-2 win, but Nashville countered with a 2-1 triumph in Game 2. The Stars are now favored to secure the series lead as a -120 favorite with the Predators coming back at +100 and the total opening at 5 goals.Predators vs Stars Game Center. Original matchup: http://bit.ly/2IuMPoM
Fansided: Nashville Predators Do a Disappearing Act in Game 1 Loss to Dallas Stars
There was a reason why a lot of us were feeling anxious about this Nashville Predators team heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sure, they're division champs for the second-straight year and had some thrilling wins to lock up that achievement. However, this team has shown time and time again that it can't be trusted.
Unfortunately, Game 1 is a perfect illustration to the Predators' roller coaster ride of a season. A near-perfect first period that saw the Predators generate plenty of shots on goal and offensive pressure completely vanished until late in the game when it was too late.
Fansided: Dallas Stars Set Sights On Second Road Playoff Win Against Predators
If you thought that the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators put together an intense start to their first-ever playoff series against each other, you were right. If you thought the wait between Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon felt like an eternity, you weren't alone.
And if you think that there could be anywhere between 3-6 games left in this series that are even more intense than the first, you are probably right.
After putting together a fireworks show filled with back-and-forth action and plenty of momentum swings in game one, the Stars and Predators are back for another round.
On the Forecheck: Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Game 3 Preview: A Chess Match
Rocco Grimaldi and Craig Smith were the heroes in Game 2. Grimaldi became an instant x-factor in the series by providing speed and hustle in a Viktor Arvidsson-like manner.
Pekka Rinne has had to be a brick wall against Dallas's speedy youngsters. He made 22 saves on 23 shots, although it felt like he made about 50 more saves.
We'll be looking for more from Smith tonight, but it would be even better if his line could finally convert on some of the chances they've been afforded on Ben Bishop.
Fansided: Nashville Predators Head Back to Dallas for Pivotal Game 3
Anyone who expected an easy series for the Nashville Predators against the Dallas Stars were kidding themselves. Even though the Predators have a seemingly deeper roster and more playoff experience, this team can't be trusted. At times they look unstoppable, while other times they look destined for a first-round exit. They narrowly escaped going down two games to none on home ice, and now have an opportunity to take control of the series.
Game 1 saw Dallas get some fortunate bounces that led to two of their three goals. Pekka Rinne was sharp, but his teammates didn't show up after the first period.
Defending Big D: Playoffs Return to Dallas as Stars Face Predators (Game 3)
When the team is the lower seed, I suppose fans shouldn't complain too much when they make it back to their barn for Game 3 with the series all tied. And that is where the Dallas Stars find themselves going into their matchup with the Nashville Predators tonight.
Unfortunately, a lackluster Game 2 performance chipped away at much of the positivity that came out of a dominant Game 1 performance. Robert Tiffin hit most of the highlights in his Afterwords, and if Robert didn't catch a detail, a chorus of Defending Big D readers did in the comments.
Fansided: Nashville Predators: Peter Laviolette's Legacy on the Line Against Dallas
These windows to winning a Stanley Cup don't stay open for long, and the Nashville Predators might have their best roster ever assembled in franchise history. It puts an enormous amount of
pressure on head coach Peter Laviolette to make the right adjustments to lead this team to its maximum potential.
The Predators are currently in a dog fight with the wildcard Dallas Stars in their first-round series. They managed a split of the first two games at home in Nashville, but it could've easily swung the other way. We're singing a much different tune if Dallas sneaks a goal in overtime before Craig Smith's goal nearly five minutes in.
Fansided: Dallas Stars: Physicality Becoming Key In Series Against Predators
It wasn't a dirty hit by the NHL's standards. If anything, it was a well-timed collision that produced a bone-rattling effect for Dallas Stars forward Jason Dickinson. Regardless of how you look at it, though, one thing is clear: it's probably one of the biggest hits you'll end up seeing in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
But when Nashville Predators forward Brian Boyle dug his shoulder into Dickinson's chest with 10:42 left in the first period, it served as more than just a "welcome to the playoffs" for the young Stars forward.
It was more than just a physical effort on the Nashville power play that forced a turnover.
On the Forecheck: Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Game 2 Preview: Getting Back in It
Wednesday night's game was a struggle for the Nashville Predators. They got outworked and outcoached in the second and third periods, as the Dallas Stars came back from a 0-1 deficit to win 3-2. They couldn't find a way through Jim Montgomery's neutral zone trap, they couldn't score on the power play, and although P.K. Subban almost got a comeback started with a late goal after some seats had already started to empty, it wasn't enough.
The Predators will need to do better tonight.
Lineups for both teams look like they'll be the same, which is unfortunate; Rocco Grimaldi's speed and tenacity would be an asset to the Predators if the Stars get the chance to bring out the trap again.
Dallas Morning News: That was ugly. Stars drop a physical, penalty-filled Game 2 to Predators, 2-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Devoid of flow or rhythm, and peppered with missed opportunities and wasted chances, the Stars' 2-1 overtime loss in Nashville during Game 2 on Saturday night won't be known for its beauty.
It'll be remembered for the penalties -- 11 in total. It'll be remembered for the playoff-level animosity -- for Craig Smith's sucker punch, for Ben Lovejoy's crosschecks, for Roope Hintz laughing in the face of P.K. Subban's jabs. It'll be remembered for an inability to create offense at even-strength.
But most of all, Game 2 will be known for Nashville tying the first-round at 1 with the Stars.
Fansided: Dallas Stars Find Positives On Road To Start Series Against Predators
It's been five days since the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs kicked off, and we've seen a little bit of everything through the first few contests.
We've seen the reigning President's Trophy champion Tampa Bay Lightning drop two consecutive home games to a Columbus Blue Jackets team that barely made the playoffs. We've seen the Colorado Avalanche claw back to even their series against the Calgary Flames, who finished the season with the best record in the Western Conference. The New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, and St. Louis Blues jumped out to early series leads, while Vegas/San Jose and Toronto/Boston are deadlocked at 1-1.