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Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators - 4/15/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars
Date & Time Monday April 15, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)
Location
American Airlines Center
Dallas, TX
The Line
Dallas Stars -125 / Nashville Predators +103 -- O/U: 6
TV Channel
Sportsnet, TVA, NBCS, FS-Southwest, FS-Tennessee
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The Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars meet in game three of their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup in NHL action from the American Airlines Center on Monday night.

The Nashville Predators will look to exact some revenge after tying the series up at one win apiece following a 2-1 overtime win over the Stars on Saturday, just two nights removed from Dallas stealing game one on the road.

The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes of play before Jamie Benn gave Dallas the lead just 1:59 into the middle frame. The lead would last all of 1:57 though, as Rocco Grimaldi would tie the game for the Preds and get Nashville right back into the game. The rest of the 2nd saw no scoring and the 3rd period couldn’t help us find a winner so it was off to overtime where Craig Smith found the OT winner for Nashville five minutes into the extra frame to send the series to Dallas tied at one win per side.

Pekka Rinne got the win to improve to 1-1-0 after stopping 22 of 23 shots faced in the winning effort for Nashville, while Ben Bishop ended up with the L, falling to 1-1-0 after allowing both goals on 42 shots faced in the losing effort for Dallas.

Nashville is 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games against the Western Conference. Dallas is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference while the under is 18-5-5 in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record. The road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and Nashville is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Dallas.

I had a feeling when the playoff matchups were announced that this would be one series that would go back and forth and probably go six or seven games, and the first two games of the series were just that with a pair of one goal games. With that said, Dallas has been a tough out at home as of late, but the fact is that home ice hasn’t mattered much in this matchup as the road team has won 5 of the last 6 meetings between the two sides. Nashville has also emerged victorious in 4 of their last 5 trips to Dallas, and while I still see this series being tight with potentially another one goal game, I just like Nashville a little bit more, and getting the Preds at plus money here is too good to pass on after gaining some momentum back with their win in game two.

Pick:
Nashville +103

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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