Preds Deadly In Dallas On Monday Night

Monday, April 15, 2019 10:58 AM UTC

Monday, Apr. 15, 2019 10:58 AM UTC

The Nashville Predators evened the series in Game 2 but now the venue shifts to Dallas. Let’s analyze this Game 3 matchup and beat our books to start the week.  

<p align="center"><strong>Dallas (44-40 SU) vs. Nashville (48-36) </strong></p><p align="center"><strong>Series: Stars 1 – Predators 1</strong></p><p align="center"><strong>Game 3: Monday, 9:30 PM ET </strong></p><p align="center"><strong>Free Game 3 Pick: <a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Predators ML</a></strong></p><p align="center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">BetOnline</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3769684, "sportsbooksIds":[238,93,1096,999991,999996], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The Nashville Predators were upset, 3-2, in their opening game of the best-of-seven series with Dallas but that only gave them more incentive to return the favor in Game 2 on Saturday night. <a href="" target="_blank" title="Preds Will be Shooting Stars on Saturday Night">Those who took my advice</a> and backed the heavily juiced Predators in their <a href="" target="_blank" title="More NHL Picks">NHL picks </a>had to sweat this one out, but ultimately Nashville claimed a 2-1 overtime victory. It’s not easy when the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Live NHL Odds Board">NHL odds</a> makers are asking you to lay nearly -170 to back a team that fell as a heavy favorite only three nights earlier. But it’s not how your team covers, only that they do indeed, get the cover.</p><p>Dallas’s fate rests with their All-World netminder, 6’7” Ben Bishop. And so, it was again that on Saturday night the Predators outshot the Stars by a 42-23 margin, outhit them 23-17, and won nearly 60 percent of the faceoff draws yet were stymied by Big Ben until Craig Smith tallied the game winner five minutes into overtime. But once again, Ben Bishop kept the Preds at bay and that sentiment was perfectly articulated by Dallas coach Jim Montgomery who stated, "And you know they were the better team tonight, and probably not for Bish (goalie Ben Bishop) we're not in overtime. So, we got to come back and we will. We'll be better."</p><p>The other factor that prevented the Stars from taking a commanding 2-0 series lead was their power play, or should I say lack thereof. Dallas had six man-advantaged opportunities and failed to convert on all of them. That was a stark departure from their performance during the regular season in which they were the 11<sup>th</sup> ranked power play unit in the league, and the same one in which Miro Heiskanen knotted Game 1 with a second period power play goal. Let’s give credit to Nashville’s penalty killing unit, as well as Preds’ goalie Pekka Rinne, but had Dallas taken advantage of even one of those opportunities, the game never goes to overtime and the Stars would be heading home with a 2-0 series lead.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;🔈 SOUND UP 🔈 Pardon the interruption this Sunday morning but &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@predsnhl&lt;/a&gt; fans singing Just A Friend in full throat is definitely a mood &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#StanleyCup&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;14 de abril de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>The oddsmakers are giving us pretty much a coin flip here with the home team Dallas Stars an ever so slight favorite. But to me it’s apparent that Nashville has been dominant in all aspects of the game except one, between the pipes. Ben Bishop gives the Stars a chance to steal a game, or even a series, every time he suits up. He is that good and although Pekka Rinne is an upper-tier veteran goaltender who gives his team a chance to win, he is not as routinely sublime as Bishop…but then again no one is.</p><p>That said, I like getting the better team at a discounted price and one that has claimed victories in both trips to Dallas this season. Early in the season, the Predators defeated the Stars in Dallas by the score of 5-4 and then followed that up with a 5-3 victory when they returned to the Lone Star State on February 19<sup>th</sup>. Let’s not forget that Nashville outplayed the Stars even in Game 1 by outshooting, outhitting, and outdrawing them on the faceoffs despite dropping the 3-2 decision. Eventually, those hits add up and defenses get worn down. I think Nashville is not only good value here but the better team with everything on its side except home ice advantage. <a href="" target="_blank" title="Discuss this and other games at SBR's NHL Betting Forum">Back the Preds on Monday night</a>.</p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Final Score:</strong> Predators 4 – Stars 3</p>
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