|Western Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 5 - Series tied at 2-2|
|77||DALLAS||+130||Ov 5,+105||+135||Ov 5,+105|
|78||NASHVILLE||-150||Un 5,-125||-155||Un 5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||20-23-0||-1.3||20-23||-1.3||9-26||2.3||28.1||2.6||32.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.2||3-2||+1.2||1-2||2.8||33.4||1.6||32.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||86||221||43||90||81||7||13||2642||8.4%||233||49||21.0%||371|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||43||97||18||35||39||5||6||1208||8.0%||109||23||21.1%||160|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||4||4||6||0||0||167||8.4%||22||5||22.7%||22|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||4||11||4||4||3||0||0||123||8.9%||19||4||21.1%||16|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||30||85||17||33||34||1||6||930||9.1%||81||20||24.7%||141|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||210||56||69||77||8||19||2728||7.7%||249||41||16.5%||350|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||113||30||36||42||5||10||1385||8.2%||133||23||17.3%||191|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||1||3||3||1||0||161||5.0%||12||0||0.0%||15|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||8||1||3||3||1||0||137||5.8%||10||0||0.0%||15|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||73||14||24||32||3||7||993||7.4%||88||12||13.6%||123|
|BEN BISHOP (All Games)||50||49||1460||1365||93.5%||6||30-19||+7.2||30-19-0||+5||14-26|
|BEN BISHOP (Road Games)||22||21||622||580||93.2%||0||12-9||+3.4||12-9-0||+1||4-11|
|BEN BISHOP (vs. Division)||21||20||594||556||93.6%||2||12-8||+2.7||12-8-0||+2||4-9|
|BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)||4||4||137||129||94.2%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||1-1|
|BEN BISHOP (Playoff Games)||4||4||137||129||94.2%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||1-1|
|LANDON BOW (All Games)||2||0||19||18||94.7%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|LANDON BOW (Road Games)||2||0||19||18||94.7%||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 (Road Games)||25||22||735||675||91.8%||3||8-14||-4.8||8-14-0||-3||5-15|
|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|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||26-17-0||-4.7||26-17||-4.7||15-24||2.9||34.0||2.4||28.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.4||3-2||+0.4||2-1||2.6||37.4||2.6||31.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||86||248||54||89||95||10||24||2815||8.8%||265||34||12.8%||399|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||43||125||29||46||44||6||13||1461||8.6%||150||19||12.7%||192|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||1||5||6||1||1||187||7.0%||13||1||7.7%||24|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||4||8||1||3||3||1||0||137||5.8%||10||0||0.0%||15|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||30||79||21||23||29||6||9||1025||7.7%||89||10||11.2%||127|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||225||68||83||68||6||10||2582||8.7%||270||49||18.1%||361|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||105||31||35||37||2||3||1202||8.7%||142||25||17.6%||171|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||6||4||3||0||0||156||8.3%||21||4||19.0%||19|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||11||4||4||3||0||0||123||8.9%||19||4||21.1%||16|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||84||22||36||25||1||3||925||9.1%||93||17||18.3%||133|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||60||59||1683||1543||91.7%||4||33-26||-7.5||33-26-0||-9||20-35|
|PEKKA RINNE (Home Games)||31||31||843||776||92.1%||3||20-11||-0.8||20-11-0||-2||8-20|
|PEKKA RINNE (vs. Division)||24||23||706||645||91.4%||2||12-11||-4.3||12-11-0||-5||7-12|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||102||92||90.2%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||1-1|
|PEKKA RINNE (Playoff Games)||4||4||102||92||90.2%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||1-1|
|JUUSE SAROS (All Games)||32||27||891||816||91.6%||2||16-11||+1.4||16-11-0||+1||14-12|
|JUUSE SAROS (Home Games)||12||12||357||322||90.2%||1||6-6||-4||6-6-0||-4||7-4|
|JUUSE SAROS (vs. Division)||8||7||216||196||90.7%||1||4-3||+0.1||4-3-0||0||3-4|
|JUUSE SAROS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||108||100||92.6%||0||2-1||+1.1||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JUUSE SAROS (Playoff Games)||1||0||21||20||95.2%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DALLAS 3.09, NASHVILLE 3.14|
|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|
|4/15/2019||NASHVILLE||2-3||L||0, -125||L||5 un||P|
|4/17/2019||NASHVILLE||5-1||W||0, -120||W||5 un||O|
|4/20/2019||at NASHVILLE|| |
|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||3-2||W||0, +105||W||5 un||P|
|4/17/2019||at DALLAS||1-5||L||0, +100||L||5 un||O|
|4/22/2019||at DALLAS|| |
|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.
|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.
|Predators hope to bounce back at home vs. Stars|
Coming off a lopsided defeat, the Nashville Predators are looking to regain the advantage when they host the Dallas Stars in a pivotal Game 5 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series on Saturday afternoon.
The Stars' 5-1 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday tied the series at two games apiece, reviving Dallas' chances of an upset of the Central Division champions.
"It's huge. There's no other way to say it," Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said of the Game 4 result, adding that "there's such a small margin for error" when a team faces a 3-1 deficit in a series.
"Now we get to play aggressively and our toes and hopefully push the series," Montgomery said.
After each of the first three games were decided by a single goal, the Stars blew things open early on Wednesday with four goals in the opening 13:45 of the first period. Three of those goals came on the power play, after Dallas has scored just once with the man advantage on 13 previous power-play chances in the series.
It was a rare breakdown for a Predators team that didn't allow three power play goals in any game during the regular season, and finished sixth overall in penalty-killing percentage.
The Stars' quick start resulted in Pekka Rinne being pulled from the game after the fourth goal. Given the power-play disadvantage and a few tough bounces, Predators coach Peter Laviolette noted that the goalie's own performance wasn't the reason for the quick hook.
"I don't think any of the first three 1/8goals 3/8 were Pek's fault," Laviolette said. "I think there's things we could've done better on the penalty kill, certainly done better on the backcheck on the even-strength goal. He's played fantastic to this point....It's hard to fault Peks on those goals in those situations, and the circumstances and the situations that we put him in."
Stars goaltender Ben Bishop rebounded from a shaky outing in Game 3 to stop 34 of 35 shots on Wednesday.
Dallas' success on the power play in Game 4 underlined the Predators' glaring weakness in that department. Nashville had the worst power-play percentage in the league during the season, and has yet to score (0-for-10) with the extra attacker during the series.
Whether on the power play or at even strength, any sort of offensive outburst would be welcome for a Predators team that has just eight goals through four games. Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson led Nashville in points during the regular season but have combined for just four points (three goals, one assist) in the series. Arvidsson is still looking for his first point of the 2019 postseason.
The Stars, meanwhile, received two goals from an unlikely source in Game 4 when forward Roope Hintz recorded the second multi-goal game of his young NHL career. The rookie had 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 58 games for Dallas this season.
Mattias Janmark is day-to-day for the Stars after missing the last two games due to a lower-body injury.
Game 6 is scheduled for Monday in Dallas. If necessary, Game 7 will be played on Wednesday in Nashville.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 2/20/2020 6:12:22 AM EST|