Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 17, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
American Airlines Center
The Line: Nashville Predators -105 / Dallas Stars -115 -- Over/Under: 5
The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars meet Wednesday in game four of the NHL first round at the American Airlines Center.
The Nashville Predators look for another road victory to take control of this series and go up 3-1. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Rocco Grimaldi leads Nashville with two goals, Nick Bonino has two assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing two goals per game and are killing 92.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up six goals on 94 shots faced. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their lat 15 games.
The Dallas Stars need a win here to even up the series at 2-2 before going on the road Saturday for game five. The Dallas Stars are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 7.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Mats Zuccarello leads Dallas with two goals, Jamie Benn has two assists and Tyler Seguin has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up seven goals on 102 shots faced. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in 15 of their last 16 games.
The Predators are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 7-3 in their last 10 games as an underdog and 7-3 in their last 10 games as a road underdog. The Stars are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference, 5-2 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Predators are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Dallas and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 24-9-4 in Predators last 37 overall. The under is 34-12-6 in Stars last 52 overall.
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.