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Dallas Stars 42-33-5
Nashville Predators 46-26-8
The Nashville Predators wrap up the home portion of their regular season when they host the Dallas Stars on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Nashville has been consistently strong at home over the last several seasons. Since the beginning of the 2005-06 season, the Predators have picked up 180 home wins and rank third behind Detroit and San Jose who boast 189 and 181 home wins respectively. Furthermore, Nashville is the only team in the League to record at least 23 home victories in seven consecutive seasons. The Predators have a 25-10-5 record on home ice this season and will try to make it 26 wins at home on Thursday night. With their 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, the playoff hopes for the Stars are all but lost with only two games remaining and three points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Nashville’s 2-1 shootout win over the Wild on Tuesday night kept their bid for fourth spot in the West alive, but Detroit’s 3-2 shootout win over the Blues on Wednesday night means that the Red Wings are in control of their own playoff seeding.
After historically struggling on the power play, the Predators are looking to finish this season the number one ranked power play in the entire League. Currently posting a 21.9 percent success rate on the man advantage, Nashville’s power play has scored 10 goals in the last 13 games. The Predators have also picked up power play markers on six of their last 13 home power-play attempts.
Dallas has struggled on the power play this season and currently sits in last place with a 14 percent success rate.
The Predators and Stars have similar penalty kill statistics, however, with Nashville ranking 10th in the League and the Stars at 13th. Nashville has a 83.3 percent kill off rate, while Dallas is closely behind at 83.1 percent.
Only three teams rank in the League’s Top 10 for both power play and penalty kill percentages. Along with Nashville, Vancouver and Pittsburgh boast the favorable records.
John Glennon of the Tennessean reported from Wednesday’s practice that starting netminder Pekka Rinne may sit out again on Thursday. Backup Anders Lindback played in the Predators 2-1 win over Minnesota on Tuesday. Rinne missed Tuesday’s game due to illness.
On Tuesday night, the Predators had sold out the Bridgestone Arena for the 24th time during the 2011-12 regular season. On Thursday, Nashville will try to match the franchise-long eight game sellout streak set this season between December 15th and January 7th. Bridgestone Arena has averaged 16,680 fans per home game during the regular season, which is a 97.4 percent capacity rate.
The Predators will close out the regular season on Saturday night in Colorado. The Stanley Cup playoffs are set to begin next Wednesday.
BEST OF MAXIM
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators shut out the Dallas Stars 2-0 on Thursday night. With the win, the Predators move into fourth spot in the Western Conference standings, one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings. Nashville now controls its own destiny in the fight for home ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with one game remaining on the schedule...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville coach Barry Trotz insists he knew nothing of Detroit's loss just as his Predators went into the third period needing a win of their own to grab back the chance of landing home-ice advantage to start the playoffs.
His Predators sure responded as if they did.
Pekka Rinne made 28 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, Francis Bouillon scored...
The playoffs are almost here and Smashville can feel it. It's time for winning playoff hockey to be played.
On Tuesday night, the Nashville Predators played well enough defensively to escape from the Minnesota Wild with a 2-1 victory, which means two much-needed points in the standings. Nashville is currently playing a game of back-and-forth with Detroit and Chicago for the...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Alexander Radulov scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Nashville Predators edged the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to reach 100 points for the second time in three seasons.
The Predators, who have two games left, moved back into fourth place in the Western Conference -- one point over idle Detroit and two over Chicago. Detroit will finish the...
The Nashville Predators have assigned Chet Pickard to the NHL. Pickard will back-up Anders Lindback, Tuesday night. Pekka Rinne is sick, per Joshua Cooper. Here is the Press Release.Nashville, Tenn. (April 3, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that goaltender Chet Pickard (CHEHT PIH-kuhrd) has been assigned to...
Dallas Stars (42-33-5, 89 pts) @ Nashville Predators (46-26-8, 100 pts)
7:00 PM CT, April 5, 2012
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
The Stars' playoff hopes are teetering on the edge heading into tonight's game. There's one foot over the cliff and the second is already making a step, but this team is yet alive (even of just barely). It's going to...
By Seth Lake
Heading into their final three games of the regular season in the midst of a fight for the fourth seed in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning next week, the Nashville Predators took to the ice at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night facing a Minnesota Wild club that had fallen out of the playoff race, but...
NASHVILLE As the story goes, Pekka Rinne played so rarely back in his native Finland that the Predators' scout who found him based his opinions solely on what he saw in warm-ups.
The Predators drafted the goalie in 2004 four years after he became eligible, meaning that for four years no other team saw anything in him that made him worth gambling a pick on, even in the eighth...
Welcome to the fifteenth edition of "How to Beat the Goalie" on Fang Faction. Thursday night, the Nashville Predators will play the Dallas Stars, who is desperate for wins. The Dallas Stars' goalies are Kari Lehtonen and Richard Bachman. Read more of this one of a kind article, after the jump. Edition 15: Dallas Stars Goalies: Kari Lehtonen and Richard Bachman
The Nashville Predators are on the verge of clinching home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs, and they may get it without doing anything by the time they take the ice Saturday night.
If there's work left to do, though, they shouldn't be too concerned.
The Predators will need - at most - one point to clinch the Western Conference's fourth seed in their...
The Dallas Stars were in an ideal position to make the playoffs before this three-game losing streak.
No longer in control of their postseason destiny, the Stars are on the brink of elimination Thursday night when they visit a Nashville Predators team looking to gain home-ice advantage in the first round.
Dallas (42-33-5) is enduring its longest slide since Feb. 10-14, and this...
With the Cincinnati Cyclones’ ECHL season over, the Nashville Predators have elected to call up goaltender prospect Chet Pickard.
Don’t read too much into this move, however. If they wanted to get Pickard playing time, they would have assigned him to the AHL Milwaukee Admirals. Instead, they called him up to the big club so that the 2008 first round pick can work closer with...