Game 2 of the Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators tips off this Saturday and we have game tips.
The Stars took control of this series and gained home ice advantage with a 3-2 win over the Predators in Game 1. They have won two in a row and three of their last four games and they can really get a grip on the series with a win in this game, where they would head home to the Big D with a 2-0 series lead in the NHL Playoffs.
Dallas is all about defense ranking 2nd in the league in goals allowed, and have only allowed two goals in their last two games, while only ranking tied for 28th in goals per game.
The Predators were upset in Game 1 of this series and really need to win this game to get back in the series. They had won three in a row to end the season before losing the first game of this series. Like Dallas, Nashville is led by their defense, which ranks tied for 3rd in the league in goals against and rank 19th in goals per game.
Preds and Stars have split the six games facing each other this season.
This season the Predators are 25-15-2 at home and the Stars are 20-18-4 on the road.
Dallas Stars Form
The Stars beat the Predators 3-2 in Game 1 of this series where they scored two of their three goals in the 3rd period. They were outshot in the game (32-29) and their power play D was solid killing all four power play chances Nashville had.
Miro Heiskanen had two goals and an assist for the Stars and Alexander Radulov and Mats Zuccarello also lit the lamp in the big win.
Dallas’ Ben Bishop (27-15-2 1.98 GAA) got the win stopping 30 of 32 shots and in his last two appearances before the Game 1 win, one in relief and one start, he did not give up any goals.
Bishop ranks 1st in the league in save percentage and 2nd in GAA. Tyler Seguin led the Stars on the season in points, goals, and assists and while he has two goals and three assists in his last five games he was held without a point in the Game 1 win.
Nashville Predators Form
The Predators lost Game 1 at home not playing good defense in the 3rd period and it did not help they could not convert on their four power play opportunities. P.K. Subban and Roman Josi scored in the losing effort and Pekka Rinne (30-19-4 2.42 GAA) took the loss giving up three goals on 29 shots.
Rinne had given up two goals in three straight starts before giving up three in the Game 1 loss.
Ryan Johansen led the P reds in the regular season in points and assists and he has been held without a point in his last two games. Viktor Arvidsson led the team in goals and he has two goals and an assist in his last five games.
Stars vs Predators Betting Trends
Stars are 8-2 in their last 10 road games.
Stars are 6-2 in their last eight games.
Stars have an Under record of 26-9-7 in their last 42 road games.
Predators are 5-2 in their last 7 games.
Predators are 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
Predators have an Under record of 23-9-3 in their last 35 games.
Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators Prediction
We see this game being much like Game 1, as it will be close and a not a high scoring affair.
While the game will be similar the outcome will not, as the Predators will rally behind a strong defensive effort and come out on top.
Nashville will get the win to even the series and head to Dallas for Game 3.