Predators kick off playoff series against the Stars
Nashville, Tennessee; Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Nashville hosts series opener
BOTTOM LINE: The Nashville Predators host the Dallas Stars to open the Western Conference first round.
The Predators are 27-21-2 against Western Conference opponents. Nashville has given up 45 power-play goals, killing 82.1 percent of opponent chances.
The Stars are 14-10-2 against the rest of their division. Dallas has converted on 21 percent of power-play opportunities, recording 45 power-play goals. The teams meet Wednesday for the sixth time this season. Nashville went 3-2 against Dallas during the regular season.
LAST 10 GAMES: Stars: 6-3-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 5.3 assists, 2.8 penalties and 5.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .928 save percentage.
Predators: 7-2-1, averaging 2.5 goals, 3.8 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.6 penalty minutes while giving up two goals per game with a .938 save percentage.
Predators Injuries: None listed.
Stars Injuries: None listed.