The Predators continue their “best of 19″ series when they start their FINAL seven games of the season and face off against the Dallas Stars in the third game of a 4 game homestand, first game of the best of seven, and try to stretch their own win streak to 6 games.
Looking at the Stars: The Stars come into Nashville on about 3 days of rest…MUCH needed rest after they dropped a heartbreaker and a little bit of their playoff lives to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, where Dallas gave up a goal in the final seconds to the Ducks and then gave up the game winner shortly there-after in overtime. The Stars have lost 5 of 7 (2 in a shootout and 1 in overtime) with their only 2 wins coming off of shutouts. However…I don’t think the Stars are going to win tonight, but yet on Tuesday vs the Coyotes. Why is that? Well…
In their past 8 games, Dallas has gone:
W – L – W – L – L – W – L – L – ?
Win 1, Lose 1, Win 1, Lose 2, Win 1, Lose….? You can finish that one
Looking at the Predators: Nashville is rolling right now, albeit a little sloppy in their past 3 games. The Predators come into tonights game on a 5 game win streak, including 4 of those wins against current playoff teams (Boston, Detroit, Buffalo, Anaheim). However, the past 3 wins by the Preds haven’t been thanks to their stellar defense, but yet their luck and their surprising offensive breakouts, outscoring their opponents 19-12. But, the Predators CANNOT just live in mediocrity, they have to strive for something greater. What the fans saw in the third period of Nashville’s 5-4 win vs Anaheim was disgusting, that’s the only word to describe it. That CANNOT happen again.
For the Stars to win: Strike quick and early, then hold the onslaught off. If Dallas can get a quick goal or two in the first period and hold off the Predators for the remainder, they may be able to walk out with two points.
For the Predators to win: Strong defense, strong goaltending, and more scoring by committee. Nashville is making it happen right now, but they need to tighten up their D and quit hanging Pekka Rinne out to dry. If they can play a full 60 minutes and not just rely on luck and chance, then they’ll get some more padding in the Western Conference playoff race AND get 2 points closer to Detroit
Prediction: 3-1 Predators. Ryan Suter is going to be THE number one star of the game, PRETTY sure that’s going to be the case after his last game. I’m really thinking I may be right with this prediction as every other win in the past 5 has been by a 3-1 score. Guess that means this one will be too!
Playoff Outlook: 90 points, Currently, 7th place/Tied for 5th – 3 points out of 4th, 7 points out of 2nd
Best of 19 Record: 8-2-2
NEW – Final BEST OF SEVEN Record: 0-0-0
March Record: 8-2-2
What SportsClubStats Says?: 91.4% chance the Predators make it. The Predators need 99+ points to secure a playoff spot. They are currently 9 points out of a possible 14 points behind that
WHO TO ROOT FOR?:
NASHVILLE PREDATORS vs Dallas Stars
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs Anaheim Ducks (BUT, for the division sake, root for Anaheim)
Los Angeles Kings vs COLORADO AVALANCHE
EDMONTON OILERS vs Calgary Flames
Phoenix Coyotes vs SAN JOSE SHARKS
Detroit Red Wings vs TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Thanks for reading!