|Western Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 3 - Series tied at 1-1|
|33||NASHVILLE||+105||Ov 5,+110||+100||Ov 5,+105|
|34||DALLAS||-125||Un 5,-130||-120||Un 5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||22-19-0||-1.5||22-19||-1.5||18-23||2.9||31.5||2.8||31.9|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.4||4-1||+2.4||1-3||3.0||38.4||2.0||29.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||84||244||54||87||93||10||24||2752||8.9%||262||34||13.0%||392|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||41||119||25||41||49||4||11||1291||9.2%||112||15||13.4%||200|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||2||5||7||1||1||192||7.8%||13||1||7.7%||26|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||2||4||1||1||1||1||0||74||5.4%||7||0||0.0%||8|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||28||75||21||21||27||6||9||962||7.8%||86||10||11.6%||120|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||218||64||81||67||6||10||2511||8.7%||260||46||17.7%||349|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||113||33||46||30||4||7||1309||8.6%||118||21||17.8%||178|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||5||3||2||0||0||145||6.9%||16||3||18.7%||15|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||4||0||2||2||0||0||52||7.7%||9||1||11.1%||4|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||77||18||34||24||1||3||854||9.0%||83||14||16.9%||121|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||58||57||1633||1499||91.8%||4||32-25||-7.6||32-25-0||-9||19-35|
|PEKKA RINNE (Road Games)||27||26||790||723||91.5%||1||12-14||-6.8||12-14-0||-6||11-15|
|PEKKA RINNE (vs. Division)||22||21||656||601||91.6%||2||11-10||-4.3||11-10-0||-5||6-12|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||117||109||93.2%||0||3-1||+1.4||3-1-0||+1||1-2|
|PEKKA RINNE (Playoff Games)||2||2||52||48||92.3%||0||1-1||-0.6||1-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JUUSE SAROS (All Games)||31||27||870||796||91.5%||2||16-11||+1.4||16-11-0||+1||14-12|
|JUUSE SAROS (Road Games)||19||15||513||474||92.4%||1||10-5||+5.3||10-5-0||+5||7-8|
|JUUSE SAROS (vs. Division)||7||7||195||176||90.3%||1||4-3||+0.1||4-3-0||0||3-4|
|JUUSE SAROS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||118||107||90.7%||0||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||-1||2-2|
|JUUSE SAROS (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||24-17-0||+0.1||24-17||+0.1||15-24||2.9||33.2||2.3||31.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.3||3-2||+1.3||2-2||2.8||32.2||2.4||32.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||84||214||39||88||80||7||13||2571||8.3%||223||46||20.6%||359|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||41||117||21||53||41||2||7||1363||8.6%||114||23||20.2%||199|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||2||4||8||0||0||161||8.7%||19||5||26.3%||23|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||2||4||0||2||2||0||0||52||7.7%||9||1||11.1%||4|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||28||78||13||31||33||1||6||859||9.1%||71||17||23.9%||129|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||206||56||67||75||8||19||2665||7.7%||246||41||16.7%||343|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||93||26||31||33||3||9||1280||7.3%||113||18||15.9%||152|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||2||6||3||1||0||164||7.3%||16||1||6.2%||23|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||4||1||1||1||1||0||74||5.4%||7||0||0.0%||8|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||69||14||22||30||3||7||930||7.4%||85||12||14.1%||116|
|BEN BISHOP (All Games)||48||47||1397||1306||93.5%||6||29-18||+7.4||29-18-0||+5||13-26|
|BEN BISHOP (Home Games)||26||26||775||726||93.7%||6||17-9||+4||17-9-0||+4||9-15|
|BEN BISHOP (vs. Division)||19||18||531||497||93.6%||2||11-7||+2.9||11-7-0||+2||3-9|
|BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)||4||4||118||114||96.6%||1||3-1||+2.8||3-1-0||+2||0-3|
|BEN BISHOP (Playoff Games)||2||2||74||70||94.6%||0||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||0||0-1|
|LANDON BOW (All Games)||2||0||19||18||94.7%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|LANDON BOW (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|LANDON BOW (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|LANDON BOW (Last 4 Games)||2||0||19||18||94.7%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|LANDON BOW (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||41||37||1232||1137||92.3%||3||15-22||-8.6||15-22-0||-6||11-24|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Home Games)||16||15||497||462||93.0%||0||7-8||-3.9||7-8-0||-3||6-9|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (vs. Division)||11||10||392||364||92.9%||0||4-6||-1.8||4-6-0||-1||5-5|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||139||127||91.4%||0||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NASHVILLE 3.12, DALLAS 3.09|
|3/19/2019||TORONTO||3-0||W||0, -125||W||6.5 ov||U|
|3/21/2019||PITTSBURGH||1-2||L||0, -140||L||6 ov||U|
|3/23/2019||at WINNIPEG||0-5||L||0, -115||L||6 un||U|
|3/25/2019||at MINNESOTA||1-0||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|3/29/2019||at PITTSBURGH||3-1||W||0, +115||W||6 un||U|
|3/30/2019||COLUMBUS||2-5||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/2/2019||at BUFFALO||3-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/4/2019||VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, -250||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/6/2019||CHICAGO||5-2||W||0, -255||W||6 ov||O|
|4/10/2019||DALLAS||2-3||L||0, -160||L||5 ov||P|
|4/13/2019||DALLAS||2-1||W||0, -170||W||5 un||U|
|4/15/2019||at DALLAS|| |
|4/17/2019||at DALLAS|| |
|3/19/2019||FLORIDA||4-2||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/21/2019||COLORADO||1-3||L||0, -155||L||5 ov||U|
|3/23/2019||PITTSBURGH||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/25/2019||at WINNIPEG||5-2||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/27/2019||at CALGARY||2-1||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/28/2019||at EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/30/2019||at VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2019||PHILADELPHIA||6-2||W||0, -190||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/5/2019||at CHICAGO||1-6||L||0, -105||L||6.5 un||O|
|4/6/2019||MINNESOTA||3-0||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/10/2019||at NASHVILLE||3-2||W||0, +140||W||5 ov||P|
|4/13/2019||at NASHVILLE||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5 un||U|
|4/20/2019||at NASHVILLE|| |
|NASHVILLE: LAST SEASON: 53-18-11, 117 points. Won first Presidents' Trophy. |
LOST Game 7 to Winnipeg Jets in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Peter Laviolette (fifth season, 17th NHL season).
ADDED: D Dan Hamhuis.
LOST: C Mike Fisher, F Scott Hartnell, D Alexei Emelin.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Pekka Rinne. He turns 36 in November and is in the final year of his current contract coming off a season where he won the Vezina Trophy after being a finalist three other times. Rinne carried the Predators to their first Presidents' Trophy going 42-13-4 with eight shutouts, a 2.31 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He also earned his 300th career victory on Feb. 22.
OUTLOOK: The Predators' goal remains winning the Stanley Cup that has eluded them the past two seasons after a loss in the Stanley Cup Final followed by a Game 7 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference semifinals. They kept their core together with their biggest offseason moves signing defenseman Ryan Ellis, backup goalie Juuse Saros, forward Ryan Hartman to extensions. Nashville is expecting more growth from center Ryan Johansen, forwards Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Kevin Fiala and rookie Eeli Tolvanen to keep the Predators competitive in the deep Western Conference.
|DALLAS: LAST SEASON: 42-32-8. Sixth in Central Division.
COACH: Jim Montgomery (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: LW Blake Comeau, RW Valeri Nichushkin, D Roman Polak, G Anton Khudobin.
LOST: F Antoine Roussel, F Curtis McKenzie. D Dan Hamhuis, D Greg Pateryn, G Kari Lehtonen.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Five-time All-Star center Tyler Seguin won't have to answer questions about his future in Dallas. The 26-year-old Seguin, who could have been an unrestricted free agent after this season, should be free from distractions after signing a nearly $80 million, eight-year contract extension through the 2026-27 season. Seguin had a career-high 40 goals last season.
OUTLOOK: Montgomery makes the jump from the college ranks (University of Denver), where he had an offensive team. As a first-time NHL
COACH, he has the prolific scoring duo of Seguin and 29-year-old team captain Jamie Benn (signed through 2024-25) on a line with Alexander Radulov. But the Stars have to get more consistent scoring outside of that top line. On defense, John Klingberg led all NHL defensemen with 59 assists last season, and Marc Methot is healthy after being limited 36 games in his Dallas debut. Only a late slide kept the Stars out of the playoffs last season ' they missed the postseason for the eighth time in 10 seasons.
|Stars intend to stick to their game against Predators|
The one-sided shot counter in their opponent's favor on Saturday night didn't faze the Dallas Stars, so don't expect them to change their modus operandi and try to play run-and-gun hockey with the Nashville Predators as their Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series goes on.
After all, the Stars claimed one victory on the road so they believe they're in a good position with a 1-1 series as they head to Dallas Monday night for the third game of the series.
In fact, the Stars have every right to believe that, with a successful power play, they'd have won Game 2 instead of falling 2-1 in overtime on Saturday. Dallas failed to convert on the six man-advantage opportunities they had in that loss.
"You go 0 for 6, you get a couple of good chances, but you've got to come through," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "We need to think shot first. We're all looking at the next play instead of looking to score. That's not only power play but also five-on-five. I thought we passed up too many shots."
The Predators, on the heels of dropping the series opener 3-2, were much better in the second outing, outshooting Dallas by a 43-23 count. To no surprise, Dallas goalie Ben Bishop can give his team a chance to win even with the play that one-sided.
"We knew we were going to get Nashville's best and we did," Montgomery said. "Probably not for Bish, we're not in overtime. We got to come back, and we will. We'll be better."
Which means more grind-it-out hockey, and a plan to limit Nashville's offensive opportunities.
"That was a playoff hockey game there," Stars forward Tyler Seguin said. "We've done a pretty good job at keeping them to the perimeter. We're expecting, maybe, a little different game now that we're going home. We're going to have the juices going for sure."
For their part, the Predators seem to believe Saturday's victory is proof they are rounding into playoff form.
"We created a lot of chances, which is a great sign," Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said. "Our goal is obviously to keep going and build from here and gain everything we can from this win.
"It's a huge win for us," he added. "Now we've tied the series and go in their building and have an opportunity to get the lead. ... You don't want to go too far ahead of yourself - not too high, not too low, enjoy this - but also get ready for the next couple Dallas games."
Nashville was without veteran Brian Boyle due to illness in Saturday's game - although his replacement Rocco Grimaldi provided one of his team's goals in his place - and winger Wayne Simmonds was injured in the first period after being hit by a puck in the knee. Simmonds took a brief shift in the second period, but after that left for good.
According to the Tennessean, Predators coach Peter Laviolette had no updates Sunday on Boyle or Simmonds as the team prepared to head for Dallas, other than to say Boyle was "still ill." Two team spokespeople said they did not know if the players were traveling to Dallas.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 4/21/2019 5:41:02 PM EST|