The Nashville Predators go to "Big D" to take on the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Nashville Predators' record this season is 33-19-6 and ranked 5th in the Western Conference. The Dallas Stars' record this season is 29-25-4 and ranked 10th in the Western Conference. Puck drops at 6:08 PM CST.
The Hash Tags for the game is: #Preds and #PeskyStars
Listen to the Pre-Game Show at 5:00 PM CT and the Post-Game Show at 9 PM CT. You can listen to the shows right here.
Coverage in Nashville: FS-TN and 102.5 The Game
Coverage in Dallas: FS-SW and 1310 AM
Line Up News
Projected Starting Goalies:
Projected Predators Scratches: #38 D Jack Hillen and #49 D Ryan Ellis
Projected Stars Scratches: #14 W Jamie Benn (Left Knee Laceration), #44 D Sheldon Souray (Foot) and #40 C Ryan Garbutt
How To Beat The Goalie
Yes, it is another edition of "How To Beat The Goalie". The projected starting goalie is Richard Bachman. He is a back-up to Kari Lehtonen, but since Lehtonen started last night against the Phoenix Coyotes, I am expecting Bachman to start.
Richard Bachman is going to be a little shaky going into this game because he hasn't started since February 2nd in San Jose, when he lost the game, 5-2. Bachman has only played in 13 games so far this season, so that tells you that the Stars are leaning on Lehtonen a lot. In this next section, I am going to tell you readers, what Mitch Korn is telling the players. Like many goalies, Bachman can't stop tip-ins. With Patric Hornqvist out, someone has to step up by getting in front of Bachman to deflect the puck. Also, it might just be me, but Bachman over-commits (comes out of his crease) a bit much. So, keep your eye out for that.
Thoughts On Both Teams
The Dallas Stars look to bounce back after a tough, overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1 last night. The Dallas Stars are missing several of their key pieces. Jamie Benn, Brendan Morrow and Sheldon Souray should be out for the game. Dallas has already made their trade before the deadline by dealing Nicklas Grossman to the Philadelphia Flyers for a couple draft picks. Ryan Garbutt has been re-called from the Texas Stars. In 50 games this season, he has scored 16 Goals, 17 Assists. I am expecting him to be a scratch to put Toby Petersen in the line-up.
The Nashville Predators are also looking to bounce back after a devastating loss to the Detroit Red Wings after Pavel Datsyuk scored the game winning goal with 5 seconds left in the game. Hal Gill will make his debut with the Nashville Predators, more on Gill down the page. The Predators will be missing Patric Hornqvist and Brian McGrattan for this game because they are on IR. With Hornqvist on Injured Reserve, Nashville will not have an extra forward on the roster. I am looking to see David Poile make a deal for a forward or calling up a player from the Milwaukee Admirals.
Hal Gill's stats aren't all flashy at all, 1 Goal 7 Assists in 53 Games. But, David Poile didn't pick Gill up for scoring because we already have that at defense, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter. Poile picked him up for his defensive play, great PK, and being great at shot blocking. Gill seems to be the perfect fit. It will be interesting who he will be paired with though.
Dallas Stars Players To Watch:
DALLAS (AP) -- Shea Weber scored on a power play with less than a second remaining in the first period, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots, and the Nashville Predators beat the Dallas 3-2 on Sunday night.
Nashville improved to 6-19-1 in franchise history in Dallas.
Weber put the Predators ahead to stay 2-1 with his 12th goal of the season, popping a loose puck into an open net with 0...
Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn will not play in the team's weekend games against the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators due to a leg laceration.Benn exited Thursday's game against the
Calgary Flames in the second period after being cut by the skate blade of Flames defenseman Mark
Giordano when the two collided along the boards.
Benn, 22, has collected 17 goals...
NHL experts wonder if the financially constrained Nashville Predators will be able to lock cornerstone defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter into long-term deals.So it was a bit surprising to see Predators GM David Poile add still another defenseman with an expiring contract – big Hal Gill, who arrived from Montreal in a trade for forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney and a...
With each successive failed opportunity to gain ground in the Western Conference standings, it gets tougher to argue the case that the Dallas Stars are going to find a way to push themselves into the playoffs this season. Dallas has now won fewer than half of its games (29 of 59) this season after getting off to an 11-3-0 start.
The Stars have won just one of their last six...
Nashville Predators 3, Dallas Stars 2The Nashville Predators finally found a way to beat the Dallas Stars this season. The game went down to the wire when the Stars pulled their goalie, while on the power play. My recap was almost all done, and I accidentally clicked the X button. Of course, I couldn't retrieve it and it wasn't save. But, I still did a decent job on everything...
With the dominoes beginning to fall as the February 27th trade deadline draws nearer, some doors that may have been slightly open for Leafs GM Brian Burke may have closed.
The three deals made late in the week; Montreal moved defenseman Hal Gill moved to the Predators along with a conditional pick for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and Nashvilleâs 2012 2nd round pick, Tampa...
Shea Weber scored on a power play with less than a second remaining in the first period, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots, and the Nashville Predators beat the Dallas 3-2 on Sunday night. Nashville improved to 6-19-1 in franchise history in Dallas. Weber put the Predators ahead to stay 2-1 with his 12th goal of the season, popping a loose puck into an open net with 0.2 seconds left in the first.
Photo Credit: Francois Lacasse/NHLI/Getty Images
Moments ago, breaking news from RenHockey tweeted out that Hal Gill had been traded to the Nashville Predators. It was officially announced just moments after that as the Montreal Canadiens themselves tweeted out the specifics:
“Canadiens acquire B. Geoffrion, R. Slaney, and 2nd round draft pick in 2012 from NSH for H. Gill and...
Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images
Nashville had some work to do after a heart-breaking closing seconds loss against the league-leading Detroit Red Wings Friday night. Dallas came into tonight playing the latter of a back-to-back where the Stars have had little success over the season going 0-8-2 into tonight’s match-up.
Tonight also marked the first appearance of newly...
The Dallas Stars are hoping to break out of a small slump this evening in Phoenix. The Coyotes have been anything but a struggling team this month.
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