The Predators and Stars meet for the third time this month, but for a little variety they’re doing it on the road this time. It’s the teams’ fifth and final meeting of the regular season. The Stars have taken at least one point from each game thus far, while both the Predators’ losses have come in regulation.
The Nashville Predators
I’m not sure how much there is to say about this team at this point. They’re in dire need of some kind of change, whether it be a change in attitude, a change in special teams coaching (please), a change in roster composition, or all of the above.
I’d like to see them show up tomorrow night, play responsibly, respond well to setbacks, help their goalie out both defensively and offensively, and win a hockey game.
The Dallas Stars
The Stars are also looking to rebound tonight after not just one but two shutout losses: 0-6 to the Lightning on Thursday and 0-3 to the Hurricanes on Saturday. At some point, the puck is going to go into the net for them. It’s probably going to be tonight.
Ben Bishop is still on injured reserve at time of writing but may be activated for the game. Bishop has been reliable this year, with a .924 sv%, but the Predators were probably going to be seeing Anton Khudobin regardless of Bishop’s injury status. Khudobin has a .921 sv% and a pretty good past record against the Predators.
Tyler Seguin leads the team in points with 54 (24G/30A). Alexander Radulov has 46 points (15G/31A), while Jamie Benn rounds out the top line and the Stars’ top three points producers with 39 points (19G/20A). John Klingberg is rapidly making up the ground he lost while injured, with 27 points, while fellow defenders Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell are close behind with 25 and 24 respectively.
Reasons to Watch
- The Preds’ goalies have usually been good for at least one fantastic save a night.
- Viktor Arvidsson might do more Viktor Arvidsson things.
How to Watch
The game starts at 7:30 Central. It will air on FS-TN and on 102.5 The Game.
Statistics via hockey-reference.com.