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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars

Tuesday, April 8
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Channel guide)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (38-29-11) are coming off a 3-2 loss at Florida Sunday. The Stars had a 2-0 lead in the game, but Florida scored three unanswered goals to secure the regulation victory and prevent the Stars from increasing their lead in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“We knew it was not going to be easy. They’re not going to give us these games. So we got to put this one behind us,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “It was obviously a terrible outcome. We don’t really want to remember this one. So we’re going to put it behind us, get a day off [Monday] and come back ready to play.”

The Stars, who went 3-2-0 in a stretch of five straight on the road, lead Phoenix by one point for the second wild card spot in the West. Both teams have four games remaining and the Stars have clinched the first tiebreaker, which is regulation/overtime wins (ROW).

Tuesday’s game kicks off a stretch of three straight at home for the Stars, and will be the third game in a stretch of four games in five days.

Injuries: D Aaron Rome (lower body) and F Ray Whitney (lower body) are day to day. F Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) is out.

About the Predators

The Predators (35-32-11) won their third straight game, defeating the Sharks, 3-0, in San Jose Saturday night. Carter Hutton stopped 35 shots for his first NHL shutout as the Predators kept their slim playoff hopes alive with the victory.

"We're never going to give up," said Predators forward Patric Hornqvist. "It's a long road to make the playoffs. But as long as we have a chance, we're going to work as hard as we can.”

Nashville is six points behind the Stars and five points behind Phoenix with four games remaining for all three teams.

The Predators are 6-1-1 in their last eight games; the one regulation loss was to Dallas, 7-3, on March 28.

Tuesday’s game will wrap up a three-game road trip for the Predators, who have defeated Anaheim and San Jose in the first two games.

Nashville assigned forward Colton Sissons to Milwaukee of the AHL on Monday.

Injuries: F Patrick Eaves (lower body) is questionable.

Series Notes

*This is the fifth and final meeting between the Stars and Predators.

*Both teams are 2-2-0 in the season series and both teams are 2-0-0 at home.

*Dec. 12, Dallas at Nashville: Predators 3, Stars 1

*Dec. 27, Nashville at Dallas: Stars 4, Predators 1

*Jan. 20, Dallas at Nashville, Predators 4, Stars 1

*March 28, Nashville at Dallas, Stars 7, Predators 3

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 6-0-1 in their last seven games at home and 8-1-1 over the last ten.

*Nashville has won four of its last five on the road (4-1-0).

*The Stars have won six of their last nine games overall (6-3-0).

*The Predators have won six of their last eight games overall (6-1-1).

*Nashville has the ninth best winning percentage in the league when scoring the first goal of the game (26-3-6/.743) and the second worst winning percentage when the opposition scores first (9-29-5/.209).

*The Stars are 26-10-4 (.650) when scoring first and 12-19-7 (.316) when the opposition scores first.

*The Stars are 1-21 on the power play over the last five games.

*The Predators are 1-14 on the power play over the last seven games.

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin is on a four-game goal scoring streak.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has three goals in the last two games.

*Predators forward Patric Hornqvist has points in seven straight games (seven goals, seven assists, 14 points).

*Nashville captain Shea Weber has six points (three goals, three assists) in the last five games.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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