WHO: Nashville Predators (49-22-7) vs. Dallas Stars (47-24-6)
TICKETS: Sold out! Thank you Predators fans!
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. CT
WHERE: Nashville Arena, Nashville, TN
TONIGHT THE PREDS WEAR: Blue
TONIGHT'S ANTHEM PERFORMER: Nashville Opera
TONIGHT'S INTERMISSION BAND: Small Time Rock Stars
TELEVISION: FSN South (Comcast cable Ch. 28 in Davidson and Williamson counties, DISH Network Ch. 444, DirecTV Ch. 664), HDNet
RADIO: WGFX 104.5-FM; SATELLITE RADIO: XM Radio Ch. 206
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One-Sheet Game Preview
The Nashville Predators host the Dallas Stars tonight for the second time in two weeks. Game time is 7:00 p.m. and the Nashville Arena is sold out. All of the action can be seen on FSN South and HDNet, and heard on 104.5-FM The Zone.
The Predators snapped a five-game losing streak vs. the Stars with a 3-2 victory on March 17 at Nashville Arena. Following that game, Predators forward Jordin Tootoo was suspended for five games for a punch he threw at Stars defenseman Stephan Robidas. Tootoo was defending himself against Robidas, who was charging Tootoo to retaliate for a hard but legal bodycheck the Nashville winger delivered on Dallas veteran Mike Modano. Tootoo served the final game of his suspension Thursday and is expected to be back in the lineup tonight.
The Predators entered last night's NHL action tied with the Detroit Red Wings with 105 points. After tonight's game, the Predators will face Chicago on Tuesday at home and St. Louis on Thursday at home before closing out the season in Denver vs. the Avalanche on Saturday. The Red Wings, who faced Dallas last night in Detroit, will play their four remaining games vs. Columbus and Chicago with a game against each on the road and at home.
Dallas heads into the final week of the regular season riding a hot streak. Prior to their loss vs. Nashville on March 17, the Stars had won five straight and since have gone 4-0-1 (prior to last night's game at Detroit). The Stars, who are 16-5-4 in their last 25 games, entered last night's game tied with San Jose with 98 points in a battle for second place in the Pacific Division.
The Stars began the four-game season series by shutting out the Predators 1-0 at American Airlines Center back on November 22. Dallas then downed Nashville 4-1 in Dallas on December 29. Tonight's game will be the final regular-season meeting between the two teams, who could possibly be pitted against one another in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs depending on how the Western Conference standings end up.
PREDS QUICK HITS
David Legwand's goal on Thursday night was Nashville's 260th of the season, a new team record... J.P. Dumont assisted on Legwand's goal and now has four points (1g-3a-4pts) in his last two games... Alexander Radulov assisted on Legwand's goal as well and has points in four consecutive games (2g-3a-5pts)... The loss vs. the Red Wings marked just the 18th time this season that the Predators trailed after two periods. Their record when doing so is now 3-14-1... Nashville is 23-14 in one-goal games, 37-10-4 when scoring first, 20-8-2 against Central Division opponents and 27-7-4 one home ice.