Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators - 4/22/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars
Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM (American Airlines Center)
Dallas Stars -120 / Nashville Predators +100
TV: FS-Southwest, FS-Tennessee, CNBC
The Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars meet in game six of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series in NHL action from the American Airlines Center on Monday night.
The Nashville Predators will look to avoid joining the list of eliminated division winners and force a game seven after falling behind in the series three games to two following a 5-3 loss in game five on Saturday.
Rocco Grimaldi opened the scoring for the Predators just 6:25 into the game but Jason Dickinson would tie the game at one heading into the 2nd period. Dallas would take a 3-1 lead thanks to a pair of goals from Alex Radulov coming just over seven minutes apart. Nashville would pull a goal back thanks to Ryan Johansen just 1:37 later but Tyler Seguin would restore the two-goal cushion with just over four minutes to go in the 2nd. Dickinson would score his 2nd of the game to push the lead to 5-2 for Dallas but Kyle Turris would respond for the Preds just :28 later. That’s as close as Nashville would get though, as Dallas slammed the door shut the rest of the way to steal home ice back and take the lead in the series.
Ben Bishop got the win for Dallas to improve his record to 3-2-0 this postseason after stopping 30 of 33 shots faced in the victory while Pekka Rinne took the loss, falling to 2-3-0 after allowing all five goals on 26 shots faced in the losing effort for the Predators.
Nashville is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games as an underdog. Dallas is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 9-3-1 in their last 13 home games. Nashville is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Dallas.
The Predators need this win to keep their season alive, and the plus money is tempting given how well the Preds have played on the road lately. However, you could make a strong case that Dallas has been the better team so far in this postseason series, and they know that a game seven on the road in one of the tougher road environments in the league is far from an ideal scenario if it goes that far. I think Dallas knows the gravity of this game, and puts their best foot forward so I’ll lay the juice with Dallas in this spot.