Game 1: Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators
When: Wednesday, April 10, 8:30 p.m. CT
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
TV: FOX Sports Southwest and USA Network (check local listings)
Radio: KTCK 1310-AM, 96.7-FM
Live stream: FOX Sports App and NBC Sports Live
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GameCenter: Follow the action LIVE
Official Watching Party: Texas Live! in Arlington
Stars Playoff Central: Complete coverage
Watch the first round on FOX Sports Southwest
Play-by-play announcer Josh Bogorad and color analyst Daryl Reaugh will call the action for every game on FOX Sports Southwest. Stars LIVE! will deliver the latest team news before and after every Stars game telecast on the network throughout the seven-game series. Brien Rea and analyst Brent Severyn will anchor FOX Sports Southwest's pre- and postgame coverage.
FOX Sports Southwest will televise expanded one-hour Stars LIVE! pregame shows and 30-minute Stars Live! postgame shows throughout the first round of the playoffs. For all home games, the shows will be broadcast live from Victory Plaza at the American Airlines Center.
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To catch a Predator
The Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators meet at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night for Game 1 of the 2019 Western Conference First Round. The two clubs have played 84 regular-season contests and meet for the first time in the postseason. In the 2018-19 regular season against Nashville, Dallas is 28-10-2 at home and 17-13-4 on the road. This season, the Stars went 2-1-2 against the Predators and posted a 0-1-1 record at American Airlines Center and a 2-1-0 record at Bridgestone Arena. In five games, defenseman Esa Lindell led the Stars with five points (1-4=5). On special teams, the Stars were 2-for-11 (18.2%) on the power play and 14-of-15 (93.3%) on the penalty kill. Goaltender Anton Khudobin posted a 2-1-1 record in four contests this season against Nashville, posting a 2.01 goals-against average, a .949 save percentage and one shutout. Goaltender Ben Bishop earned a 0-0-1 record in one appearance in 2018-19 vs. the Predators, posting a 4.80 GAA and a .853 SV%.
Video: DAL@NSH: Khudobin gets across to rob Fiala's chance
He's a pretty Rad guy
Right wing Alexander Radulov recorded an assist (0-1=1) vs. Minnesota on Saturday and finished the 2018-19 regular-season with points in a season-best eight-straight games (5-7=12). The eight-game point streak was Radulov's longest since tying his career-long last season with points in nine-straight contests (6-10=16) from Jan. 4 - Jan. 25, 2018. On Monday, the forward was named the NHL's Third Star for the week ending April 7. He tallied 21 points (12-9=21) over 17 games since March 1, sharing first among all NHL players in goals (12) and sharing eighth in points (21) with teammate Tyler Seguin. Additionally, the forward's +11 plus/minus rating is tied for seventh in the League since the start of March. The native of Nizhny Tagil, Russia ranked second on Dallas this season with 43 assists and 72 points (29-43=72), and second with a career-high 29 goals in 70 games this season. Radulov tied his personal best for points in a single season (72), matching his 72 points (27-45=72) over 82 contests with Dallas in 2017-18. He paced the team with a +22 rating and was second among Dallas forwards in ice time per game (19:47). Radulov has made four appearances (2007, 2008, 2012, 2017) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, most recently recording a team-leading seven points (2-5=7) in six games during the 2017 postseason with Montreal. Three of his four playoff appearances have come a member of the Nashville Predators (2007, 2008, 2012). He shared the team-lead in points in 2008 (6 GP, 2-2=4) and 2012 (8 GP, 1-5=6). In 24 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, he has posted 21 points (8-13=21).
Video: MIN@DAL: Radulov collects 300th point on Seguin's PPG
Tyler the Creator
Center Tyler Seguin potted two goals (2-0=2) on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild. The forward finished the 2018-19 regular-season with points in three-straight games (2-3=5) and inked the scoresheet in nine of his final 10 games (6-9=15). Seguin led the Stars in points, goals and assists (33-47=80) in 82 regular-season games and is one of only three NHL players to have recorded 70-or-more points in each of the last six seasons. Additionally, Seguin is the first player in franchise history to record 60+ points in each of his first six seasons with the team, and is just the third player in franchise history to earn 60-or-more points in six consecutive seasons. In 2018-19, he ranked fourth in the NHL and led the Stars with 334 shots on goal, while finishing first on Dallas with eight game-winning goals and nine power play goals and tied for first on the squad with two overtime goals. Seguin has made five appearances (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, most recently skating in one game during the 2016 postseason with Dallas. He qualified for the postseason in each of his first three NHL seasons with Boston, winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2013. As a member of the Dallas Stars, he has reached the postseason in 2014 and 2016, amassing three points (1-2=3) in seven games. Seguin has registered 21 points (7-14=21) in 49 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests with Boston and Dallas.
Video: NSH@DAL: Seguin goes top shelf to beat Rinne
I need a Miro!
Stars rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen registered 33 points (12-21=33) in 82 regular-season games in his rookie campaign and was one of three Stars players to appear in all 82 games in 2018-19. Heiskanen became just the 10th rookie in franchise history to skate in every game of his rookie campaign and the second defenseman to do so and is one of only four players to do so during an 82-game season. During the 2018-19 campaign, the blueliner shared 10th among League rookies and ranked fifth among all Stars skaters with 33 points, established a new franchise record for most points (33) by a teenage defenseman in franchise history. The blueliner finished the season tied for 11th among all rookies and 17th among League defensemen with 12 goals, while becoming the third rookie defenseman in franchise history to score at least 10 goals in his first NHL season. His four game-winning goals were tied for third among all first-year skaters and tied for fourth among League defensemen, establishing a new franchise record for most GWGs by a rookie defenseman. Heiskanen was named to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game and at 19 years, 192 days old on the day of the All-Star Game, the defenseman became the second-youngest player in franchise history to play in it (Don Beaupre - 19 years, 144 days).
Video: DAL@EDM: Heiskanen picks the corner on Koskinen
Game 1: Stars at Predators, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. CT
Game 2: Stars at Predators, Saturday, 5 p.m. CT
Game 3: Predators at Stars, Monday, 8:30 p.m. CT
Game 4: Predators at Stars, Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. CT
* Game 5: Stars at Predators, Saturday, April 20, TBA
* Game 6: Predators at Stars, Monday, April 22, TBA
* Game 7: Stars at Predators, Wednesday, April 24, TBA
* If necessary