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Preds at Stars, Round 1, Game 4: What You Need to Know

Nashville Could Take Commanding Lead in Series Tonight in Dallas

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators have a chance to take a commanding lead in their Round One series tonight in Dallas with Game 4 against the Stars set for a 7 p.m. (CT) start.

Nashville has won two-straight contests after falling in Game 1, including a 3-2 victory on Monday night at American Airlines Center behind a 40-save performance from goaltender Pekka Rinne.

While the Preds were certainly, impressed with their goaltender's efforts, the message on Tuesday was they simply have to be better in front of him for a chance to take two in Dallas.

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"It's a huge game," Preds Captain Roman Josi said of Game 4. "Every game has been really tight, and for us it was a huge win last night, but we do think we can play a lot better. Peks played an unbelievable game, and I think we as a team have to play a lot better to get a win the next game."

The Predators are expected to be without Wayne Simmonds (lower-body) and Brian Boyle (appendix) again tonight. Forward Miikka Salomaki entered the Nashville lineup in Game 4 on the fourth line along with Rocco Grimaldi and Calle Jarnkrok.

Video: Rinne makes 40 saves as Predators win Game 3

Last Time Out:

Grimaldi, Filip Forsberg and Mikael Granlund all tallied in Game 3 with Granlund's serving as the game-winner. Grimaldi's was his second in the past two games, and Forsberg's strike was his first of the postseason.

Grimaldi, P.K. Subban, Nick Bonino, Mattias Ekholm and Calle Jarnkrok all have two points apiece for the Preds. Grimaldi's two goals are tops on the team; Forsberg, Granlund, Subban, Roman Josi and Craig Smith have each tallied once.

The Opposition:

Mats Zuccarello and Tyler Seguin scored for the Stars in Game 3, with Zuccarello potting his second of the series. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with three points in three games; Zuccarello, Seguin, Alexander Radulov, Miro Heiskanen and John Klingberg have two points each. Ben Bishop owns a 2.30 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in the series.

Video: Arvidsson, Josi and Watson want more from offense

Preds vs. Stars Series Notes:

Rinne's 40 saves in Game 3 tied for the second-most in a playoff game that ended in regulation in his career (most: 41 on April 15, 2012 at Detroit). It was his most saves in a playoff game since Game 1 of last season's Western Conference Second Round vs Winnipeg, when he made a career-best 46.

Rinne (45-41) tied Tony Esposito for 24th place on the NHL's all-time playoff wins list. Only two goaltenders born outside of North America have recorded more postseason wins than Rinne: Dominik Hasek (65) and Henrik Lundqvist (61).

Through three playoff games, 15 different Preds skaters have earned at least a point, the most among the 16 teams competing for the Stanley Cup entering Tuesday night's action.

Video: Laviolette sees several areas Preds need to fix

Watch & Listen:

Tonight's game from Dallas comes with a 7 p.m. (CT) start time with Predators Live Pregame beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Tennessee. Fans outside of the home market can view the game on USA in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada. The game can also be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network.

We're bringing Smashville to The Cowan at Topgolf on Wednesday for a Preds Official Watch Party. Come see all the action of Game 4 with Gnash and the Energy Team with chances to win prizes like Nashville Locker Room gift cards and tickets to Saturday's Game 5. Free admission for all ages begins at 6:30 p.m. CT.

For every game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, fans can attend a Preds Approved bar or restaurant, and know in advance they'll have the Preds game on and be showing their support for the team. Visit NashvillePredators.com/watchparty to check out one of the dozens of Preds Approved locations across Tennessee.

Streaming Info:

Listen to a Live Radio Feed (only active during the game broadcast window).

Watch a Live Stream of the game on the NBC Sports App.

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