The road team has won two of the first three in this Western Conference first-round series following the Predators’ 3-2 victory in Dallas on Monday night to take a 2-1 series lead. Every game in the series has been decided by one goal. Not a surprise between two excellent defensive clubs.
Predators vs. Stars Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Analysis
Blueliner and Toronto native P.K. Subban is among the Predators’ scoring leaders in the series with two points (1G, 1A). Pekka Rinne has a 1.98 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with three points (1G, 2 A). Ben Bishop has a 2.30 GAA and .931 save percentage.
On the updated Sports Interaction series line, Nashville is -303 and Dallas +225. The favoured series exact score is Predators in five games at +230, while the long shot at +600 is the Stars winning the next three games to end it in six. Nashville is +450 to win the West and Dallas is the +900 long shot.
The Predators have won five of their past six meetings in Dallas. The total has gone over in six of the previous seven there.
In Monday’s 3-2 win, Mikael Granlund score the winner on a long-distance slap shot with 11:41 left in the game. The Predators had blown a 2-0 second-period lead on goals from Rocco Grimaldi and Filip Forsberg. Grimaldi has been an unlikely star in this series after just 13 points in 53 games during the regular season. He had never scored a goal in back-to-back games before.
Rinne stopped 40 shots for his 45th career postseason win. That tied Hall of Famer Tony Esposito for 24th on the all-time list. It’s third-most among goaltenders born outside of North America. Rinne won’t be catching Dominik Hasek (65) anytime soon. Nashville is 12-3 in its past 15 conference quarterfinal games.
Kudos to the Stars for rallying from that 2-0 deficit. Mats Zuccarello’s second goal of the series cut the deficit to 2-1 late in the second, and Tyler Seguin’s first tied it at 8:15 of the third. The game-winning goal that beat Bishop probably shouldn’t have happened. It was the first time since February 4 that he has allowed more than two goals in a game.
The Stars outshot the Predators 42-28, had an 89-47 advantage in shot attempts and a 28-12 edge in high-danger chances. Dallas was 0-for-4 on the power play after going 0-for-6 in the Game 2 loss. Dallas has won its past four Wednesday games, though.