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Game 6 Projected Lineup: Predators at Stars

Predators Face Elimination, Will Attempt to Force Game 7 for Second-Straight Year

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators face elimination as they take on the Stars in Game 6 in Dallas looking to force a Game 7 (tonight at 7:30 p.m. CT).

Nashville got forward Brian Boyle back in the lineup for Game 5, after he missed Games 2 through 4, but the Preds fell 5-3 to the Stars. Last postseason, the Predators lost Game 5 on home ice and were able to win in Winnipeg in Game 6 to force a winner-take-all Game 7. 

"It's hard to put the disappointment of [Game 5] behind you, but we need to find a way to do it," Preds defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. "We have to learn from it, and build a good mindset going into [tonight's] game. I think playoff experience certainly helps in order to do that."

The Preds held a full morning skate on Monday at American Airlines Center and were joined by Wayne Simmonds (lower-body). Below is a Predators projected lineup based on the session:

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Preds at Stars, Round 1, Game 6: What You Need to Know

Nashville Facing Elimination Tonight in Dallas, Must Win to Keep Season Alive

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators need a win tonight in Dallas to keep their postseason run alive.

Game 6 between the Preds and Stars comes this evening at American Airlines Center, and with Dallas up three games to two in their Round One series, Nashville will take the ice on the brink of elimination for the first time in these Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It's not a desirable situation, but the Predators have no choice but to embrace the challenge of what's to come. If they win, they'll bring things back to Nashville for a seventh and deciding game on Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup at Stars for Game 6]

[Read More: Best Quotes from the Preds Ahead of Game 6]

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Game 5 Projected Lineup: Stars vs. Predators

Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds Skate on Friday, Playing Status Unclear

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The victor in Game 5 will take a huge step toward a Round One win in the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars' series. Game 5 is today at 2 p.m. (CT) at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators fell behind quickly in Game 4, allowing three power-play goals and four overall in the first period. The final 40 minutes played out relatively evenly with both teams getting a goal for a 5-1 Dallas victory. According to NHL PR, when a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 owns an all-time series record of 205-55 (78.8%). 

Nashville held a full practice on Friday and was joined by Brian Boyle (appendix procedure; week-to-week) and Wayne Simmonds (lower-body; week-to-week). Boyle participated in line rushes. Forward Rocco Grimaldi did not practice and was given a maintenance day. 

The Preds did not hold a morning skate on Saturday. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on Friday's practice:

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Stars vs. Preds, Round 1, Game 5: What You Need to Know

Nashville Hosts Dallas This Afternoon in Pivotal Game 5

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Round One of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues this afternoon at 2 p.m. CT when the Nashville Predators host the Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena for Game 5, and it's now a best-of-three.

Nashville had won two-straight contests heading into Game 4 back in Dallas, but the Stars topped the Predators 5-1 on Wednesday night to even the series at two games apiece.

Whoever wins this afternoon will go back to Dallas for Game 6 on Monday night with a chance to advance to the second round. Needless to say, today's contest holds massive implications.

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Game 4 Projected Lineup: Predators at Stars

Predators Seek Commanding 3-1 Series Lead with Game 4 Victory in Dallas

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Game 4 and act two in Dallas serves as a swing game between the Predators and Stars, with Nashville holding a 2-1 series lead (tonight at 7 p.m. CT).

A 40-save performance from Pekka Rinne helped the Preds steal Game 3 by a 3-2 final score. Mikael Granlund scored the game-winner for Nashville, who won their second straight in the series to rebound from a Game 1 loss. Game 3 marked Miikka Salomaki's first time in the Nashville lineup since Jan. 4, with Brian Boyle and Wayne Simmonds both out and week-to-week. 

Nashville held a full morning skate on Wednesday at American Airlines Center. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on the session:

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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.

[Read More: Preds Projected Lineup for Game 4]

[Read More: Best Quotes from the Preds Ahead of Game 4]

[Photos: Preds Travel to Dallas as Round One Series Continues]

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They Said It: Best Quotes from the Preds Ahead of Game 3

Without Boyle, Simmonds, Predators Look for First Series Lead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Stanley Cup Playoff hockey is back in Dallas, and the Predators are hoping to spoil the party.

Games 3 and 4 between the Preds and Stars are set to take place over the next three days, and it begins tonight with the third installment of the Round One series. Nashville's depth has already been tested, and that will continue to be the case with the news that Wayne Simmonds (lower-body, week-to-week) and Brian Boyle (appendix procedure, week-to-week) will both miss some time for the club.

The Predators are confident with the pieces they have in their locker room, however, and with Game 3 just a few hours away, the group is ready to go, as is a stick named Frankie.

Here are the best quotes from the Nashville locker room ahead of Game 3 in Texas.

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Game 3 Projected Lineup: Predators at Stars

Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds Out Week-to-Week; Rocco Grimaldi on Fourth Line

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators and Stars Round One series moves to Dallas for Games 3 and 4, with Game 3 tonight at 8:30 p.m. (CT). 

Nashville won Game 2, 2-1, in overtime to tie the series, but lost Brian Boyle (illness; day-to-day) prior to the game and Wayne Simmonds in the first period. Simmonds took a puck to the leg and briefly returned during a TV timeout for a test lap, but the veteran forward did not resume game action. Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette did not have an update on Simmonds's condition on Sunday. 

Update: Simmonds is week-to-week with a lower-body injury. Boyle underwent an appendix procedure and is also week-to-week.

The Preds held a full morning skate on Monday at American Airlines Arena, but Boyle and Simmonds were not present. Below is a Predators projected lineup based on the session:

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Preds at Stars, Round 1, Game 3: What You Need to Know

Nashville Looks to Take Lead in Series as Opening Rounds Shifts to Dallas

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators and Stars split the first two games of their first-round series in Nashville, and now things shift to Dallas for a pair, and it begins tonight with Game 3 at American Airlines Center at 8:30 p.m. (CT).

After dropping Game 1 by a 3-2 count, the Preds topped the Stars in overtime in Game 2 courtesy of a tally from Craig Smith five minutes into the extra session.

Nashville was much happier with their effort in Game 2, as opposed to the first outing, thanks in large part to a consistent effort over the course of the 65 minutes.

[Read More: Projected Lineup; Boyle, Simmonds Out 'Week-to-Week']

[Read More: Best Quotes from the Preds Ahead of Game 3]

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Game 2 Projected Lineup: Stars vs. Predators

Predators Look to Even Round One Playoff Series with Win on Home Ice

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators can tie their Round One series with the Stars with a win on home ice tonight (at 5 p.m. CT). 

Nashville took a 1-0 lead, but dropped Game 1 at Bridgestone Arena, 3-2, after the Stars scored three consecutive goals. In their history, the Predators have tied a series 1-1 on two occasions after losing Game 1 (both on home ice), but are yet to go on and win the series as whole. 

The Preds held a full practice on Friday at Bridgestone Arena with all available skaters participating. 

Dallas is expected to keep the same lineup they utilized in Game 1.

Nashville did not hold a morning skate on Saturday. Below is a Preds projected lineup based on Friday's practice:

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