What you should know about Saturday afternoon's Game 5 between the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena:
Game 5: Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators (Series tied 2-2)
When: Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m. CT
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
TV: NBC (Ch. 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth), Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Radio: KTCK 1310-AM, 96.7-FM
Live stream: NBC Sports Live
Official Stars app: Click here to download
GameCenter: Follow the action LIVE
Official Watching Party: HERO at Victory Park (complimentary parking available in Lexus Garage)
Stars Playoff Central: Complete coverage
On Wednesday night, the Dallas Stars used a four-goal first period in Game 4 of the 2019 Western Conference First Round against Nashville to secure a 5-1 victory. The club set or matched several records with the offensive explosion in the opening frame. The Stars scored three power play goals in a playoff period for the first time since the team relocated to Dallas in 1993-94. The franchise record for power play goals in a playoff period stands at four, done twice, the last time in the second period of Game 4 of the 1991 Norris Division Finals vs. St. Louis (W, 8-4). Additionally, the four goals in the first period tie the most scored in a single playoff period since the team moved to Dallas in 1993-94. The last time the Stars scored four goals in a playoff period was in the third period of Game 2 of the 2008 Western Conference Semifinals at San Jose (W, 5-2). The franchise record for most goals in a playoff period is five, done five times, in the second period of Game 4 of the 1991 Norris Division Finals vs. St. Louis (W, 8-4). By the end of the game, the club had recorded five goals in a home playoff contest for the first time since Game 5 of the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Edmonton (W, 5-2). Dallas posted five goals in a postseason game for the first time since the series-clinching win in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference First Round at Minnesota (W, 5-4).
So fresh and so Kling Kling
Defenseman John Klingberg recorded three assists (0-3=3) on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the First Round vs. Nashville and now has points in back-to-back postseason contests (0-4=4). His three assists on Wednesday against the Predators are tied for the most assists recorded in a single game during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs by any NHL player (others: Theodore, Stastny, Duchene, Carlson). Klingberg became the fifth defensemen in franchise history to collect three-or-more assists in a postseason game and the first since Sergei Zubov (0-3=3) did in Game 4 of the 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals at Colorado, (W, 4-1). He is the first Dallas Stars player to record three assists since center Cody Eakin (0-3=3) in Game 2 of the 2016 Western Conference Second Round vs. St. Louis (L, 3-4 OT). In four contests during the 2019 postseason, Klingberg shares fourth in the NHL and second among League blueliners with five assists (0-5=5). He leads the Stars in points (5), assists (5) and ranks third in time on ice (23:29). The native of Gothenburg, Sweden has skated in 17 career Stanley Cup Playoff games and has recorded nine points (1-8=9).
Take a Hintz
Rookie Roope Hintz tallied his first career postseason points with two goals (2-0=2) on Wednesday night against the Predators. He became the first Dallas Stars rookie to score twice in a postseason contest since center Niko Kapanen potted two goals (2-0=2) in Game 5 of the 2003 Western Conference Semifinals vs. Anaheim (W, 4-1). Hintz is the fourth rookie to record a multi-goal game in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, joining Columbus' Alexandre Texier (2-0=2), Carolina's Warren Foegele (2-1=3) and Andrei Svechnikov (2-0=2). The forward finished the 2018-19 regular-season ranking second among Stars rookies with 22 points (9-13=22) in 58 games. Since Feb. 25, he has skated in 20 games and recorded 13 points (6-7=13), sharing second in the NHL with three game-winning goals. Among rookie players over that span, Hintz shared third in goals (6) and points (13), while also tied for eighth in assists (7). Additionally, he ranked first in power play goals (2) and shared third in power play points (2-3=5). The forward was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (49th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut this season on Oct. 4 against the Arizona Coyotes.
Stars LIVE to air immediately following Game 5 on FS-SW+
FOX Sports Southwest's coverage of the Dallas Stars' first round playoff series with the Nashville Predators will continue on Saturday, April 20, with Stars LIVE Playoffs Edition on FOX Sports Southwest Plus immediately following Game 5.
Stars LIVE Playoffs Edition will be hosted by Brien Rea and feature instant reaction from Brent Severyn, Josh Bogorad and Daryl 'Razor' Reaugh. The postgame show will originate from the FOX Sports studio in Irving, TX, with Bogorad and Reaugh delivering analysis from Bridgestone Arena.
The full broadcast crew will be back on FOX Sports Southwest on Monday, April 22, to deliver Game 6 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Bogorad and Reaugh will call the game, and Stars LIVE will be hosted by Rea and Severyn and broadcast live from Victory Plaza at the AAC (game time TBD).
Game 1: Stars 3, Predators 2 (Dallas leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Predators 2, Stars 1, OT (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: Predators 3, Stars 2 (Nashville leads 2-1)
Game 4: Stars 5, Predators 1 (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5: Stars at Predators, Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m. CT
Game 6: Predators at Stars, Monday, April 22, TBA
* Game 7: Stars at Predators, Wednesday, April 24, TBA
* If necessary
Single game playoff tickets for the 2019 Playoffs presented by City Credit Union, 7-Eleven, and Sandman Signature Plano - Frisco Hotel are available at DallasStars.com/Tickets.
Fans also have the opportunity to secure all-inclusive luxury suites for all home playoff games by calling 214-GO-STARS or visiting DallasStars.com/Suites.