Nashville vs Dallas Wed, Apr 17
|*Community||NAS +105 58%||o/5 56%|
*Consensus from 1073 predictions.
|12.931st||Power Play %||21.011th|
|82.16th||Penalty Kill %||82.85th|
|31st||Power Play %||14th|
|6th||Power Play %||5th|
This series has been very tight to the point either of these teams could be up 3-0 with a lucky bounce here or there. It's been your typical hockey playoff series and you can make a case for either side. The difference for me is that the Predators have found ways to beat the Dallas Stars time and time again, and they've been money in the road underdog role, which includes wins in 16 of their last 26 tries. The Dallas Stars have only split their last 14 games as a home favorite and have actually lost four straight playoff home games when favored as well. For the price we're getting, I have to side with the Nashville Predators at even money.80%
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Betting Prediction for Nashville Predators vs Dallas Stars on April 17, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
Free Betting Prediction: Nashville will WIN and the Total will go Over .
The opening-round series between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars continues with Game 4 going from American Airlines Arena. Dallas drew first blood with a victory in the opener, but Nashville has stormed back with two wins of its own to carry a 2-1 series lead into Game 4. The Stars are favored at -130 to even the series, with the Preds coming back at +110 and the total opening at 5 goals.Predators vs Stars Game Center. Original matchup: http://bit.ly/2Iwfiug
Dallas Morning News: Stars bust power-play slump with explosive first period vs. Nashville in Game 4
Without warning, the Stars' power play came out of a deep playoff slumber on Wednesday at the American Airlines Center.
The Stars had three power-play goals, by Roope Hintz, Alexander Radulov and Mats Zuccarello, in the opening 14 minutes of Game 4 against Nashville. It was the most power-play goals by the Stars in a period since the club re-located to Dallas.
To put this production into perspective, the Stars had one power-play goal on 13 chances in the first three games of the series.
The poor production, which included a wasted two-man advantage for 1:29 in a loss on Monday, was the subject of a team wide discussion on Tuesday.
Dallas Morning News: Stars-Predators expected lineups for Game 4: Mattias Janmark to miss second straight game
Stars forward Mattias Janmark is expected to miss his second straight game Wednesday night with a lower-body injury suffered last week.
Janmark, who has not practiced since the conclusion of Game 2 on Saturday night, is day-to-day, coach Jim Montgomery said, but would not play in Game 4 against the Predators on Wednesday. Janmark crashed awkwardly into the boards during Game 2 but returned later in the game.
The Stars trail the Predators 2-1 in the first-round, best-of-seven series.
While Janmark misses his second straight game, Tyler Pitlick appears ready to re-enter the lineup after he was a healthy scratch in Game 3.
On the Forecheck: Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars Preview: Once More Unto the Breach
Game 4 is tonight in Dallas.
A modified lineup for Dallas on Monday night featured Jason Spezza in the lineup for Mattias Janmark. The defense pairs were slightly shuffled, too. Jamie Oleksiak appeared on Dallas's third defensive pair with Ben Lovejoy.
The weapons for Dallas were effective on Monday. Alexander Radulov, Jamie Benn, and Tyler Seguin threatened from nearly every angle.
Dallas has not taken advantage of their ample power play opportunities in the last two games. If they win the special teams game, Dallas has a chance to tie the series up before heading to Nashville for Game 5.
Fansided: Dallas Stars Posed With Challenge After Losing Game Three To Predators
The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs have treated the Dallas Stars to an adventurous rollercoaster through the first three games of their opening round series. And after the rollercoaster that they endured through 82 games in the 2018-19 regular season, it seems only fitting that the ride continues through the postseason.
And continue it has. Following some final juggling of the standings on the final day of the season, the Stars clinched the first wild card spot with a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild. Around the same time that they clinched, the Nashville Predators secured the Central division title, setting themselves up to meet Dallas in round one.
On the Forecheck: Nashville Predators 3, Dallas Stars 2: Rinne shines as Nashville takes the series lead
After splitting the first two games of their first-round series with the Stars, the Nashville Predators rode into Dallas with the intent of regaining home ice advantage and thus the upper hand in the series. Nashville was still missing Brian Boyle, and Wayne Simmonds was out with a "lower body" injury, so Rocco Grimaldi and Miikka Salomaki took their places in the lineup. Pekka Rinne got the start in goal for Nashville, and the Predators defeated Dallas, 3-2.
From the opening whistle, the physicality that this game would radiate was obvious. Jamie Benn had an early hit on Calle Jarnkrok that got the crowd out of their seats, and they never sat back down for the rest of the first period.
Fansided: Nashville Predators Defeat The Stars Crucial Game Three 3-2
Pekka Rinne was absolutely outstanding, coming through at the game's biggest moments and adding a whopping 40 saves in his stellar performance.
The Nashville Predators penalty kill was spotless as well, not allowing a goal on all four of Dallas' power plays, including a five-on-three where Pekka Rinne made some huge saves.
Rocco Grimaldi started off the scoring in the second period, scoring on an absolutely beautiful wrist shot to put the Preds up early in the frame.
Filip Forsberg then made it 2-0 with an absolutely beautiful breakaway goal with just over five minutes to go in the second frame.