Originally written on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 11/20/14

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

After a another shocking come from behind win for the Nashville Predators against Columbus, the Predators are back on the road for the finale of a back-to-back home and away against the Dallas Stars.

The Stars had a very fast start to the year but have cooled off leaving them at 8th in the Western Conference: one point behind the Nashville Predators.

Can the Predators carry the momentum of last night’s heroic comeback into Dallas, or can the combination of Michael Ryder and Richard Bachman be too much for the Predators to handle?

Looking at the Stars: Even with the loss of high powered offense like Brad Richards and James Neal, Dallas has still found a way to elevate their talent pool. The off-season addition of Michael Ryder has proved to be the find of the summer as he has tallied a team leading 12 goals on the year.

With Kari Lehtonen succumbing to injury, it has been on the shoulders of Raycroft and Bachman to take up the slack. Raycroft has been sub-par with a record of 2-7-0 whereas Bachman has been chugging along at 4-2-0 with one shutout. Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson are leading the Stars in points with 29 and 28 respectively.

Looking at the Predators: After getting manhandled by the Washington Capitals and a stupid penalty by McGrattan in the first period turned into 3 unanswered goals on the ensuing PP, it looked as if the Predators would go quietly into the Nashville night without two points…but then it happened….again.

Almost everybody on Nashville contributed to the gutsy come-from-behind win including Roman Josi who fired a cannon from a pass by Bouillion to make the score 5-4. Josi is playing very well and aside from some minor mistakes, it looks as if he’ll stay on the roster for a while. However, Jonathan Blum keeps getting caught in the defensive zone and making bad plays. Hopefully Kevin Klein will be recovering from his flu very soon so Blum can get more conditioning back in Milwaukee.

For the Stars to win: Ride the hot goaltender in Bachman and feed it to Ryder/Eriksson/Benn. From the get-go Dallas needs to take advantage of the emotional win for the Predators the night before and out-hustle Nashville. If Dallas can take an early lead and shut down defensively, they may have a chance for the W.

Ryder is so smooth when he plays. It almost looks like he is loafing on the ice but he just casually cuts through defenses and gets to the scoring areas of the ice. The Predators defensive 6 will have their hands full with the firepower on Dallas, especially Weber and Suter.

For the Predators to win: Use the emotion of last night’s win to maintain the intensity on a back-to-back trip. The Predators used their entire lineup in the win last night having 6 different scorers (Fisher-Spaling-Legwand-Josi-Hornqvist-Erat). The experiment of breaking up Weber and Suter was short-lived, thankfully, and it helped the Predators last night when they really needed it.

The Predators also have to force the Stars to take penalties. The Predators are 2nd in the NHL on the power play and the efforts of Lane Lambert and the huge strides the PP has taken this year have been remarkable. Keeping Dallas a man short will be the key to winning what will be an exhausting game for the Predators after such an emotionally and physically charged game the night before.


If you like what I have listed out here or if you have any questions/comments/concerns, feel free to let me know on Twitter…@Preducated
Stay HardCore, friends


Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Report: Alex Smith out week 17 with lacerated spleen

Belichick: Garoppolo has better understanding of NFL


Lionel Hollins: 'Honored and blessed to coach Kevin Garnett'

Curt Schilling gives Johnny Manziel advice on Twitter

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

Andre Johnson willing to take pay cut with Texans?

Mets star David Wright reaches out to sons of slain NYPD officer

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

Frank Gore: Colin Kaepernick is 'not broke'

The story of Morgan Bulkeley and birth of National League

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things the world learned about the NBA on Christmas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

The year’s 10 most notable sports media stories

'Roberto' Gronkowski wishes Pats fans Feliz Navidad

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

'Roberto Gronkowski wishes fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

Wright reaches out to slain officer's sons

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.