Stars-Predators Preview

April, 4, 2012
4/04/12
10:59
PM CT
Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators
Thursday April 5
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (42-33-5) lost 5-2 to San Jose on Tuesday. It was the Stars’ third straight loss and seven in the last ten games, leaving them three games out of a playoff spot with two games left.

“It’s going to be tough, but we just can’t quit,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “Stranger things have happened. We’re going to need a lot of help, some people doing us some favors, but we’re not going to quit around here.”

Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in goal for the Stars.

After Thursday’s game, the Stars close out the regular season with a home game against the St. Louis Blues.

Injuries: RW Radek Dvorak (ankle) is questionable.

About the Predators

The Predators (46-26-8) are coming off a 2-1 shootout win over Minnesota on Tuesday. Predators backup goaltender Anders Lindback stopped 25 of 26 shots and was 3-3 in the shootout.

“He’s come up with a couple big wins for us,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz said of Lindback. “The last two starts he’s only given up two goals. He’s been really, really solid.”

Predators No. 1 goaltender Pekka Rinne did not dress Tuesday due to illness. He practiced Wednesday, but Trotz wouldn’t say if Rinne would start Thursday against the Stars or if it would be Lindback, who has stopped 55 of 57 shots in winning his last two starts.

Nashville enters the game as the fifth seed in the Western Conference, one point behind Detroit in the race for fourth and home ice in the first round.

Injuries: G Pekka Rinne (illness) is questionable.

Series notes

*This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Stars are 2-1-0 in the season series.

*The Predators are 1-2-0 in the series.

*December 23, at Dallas: Stars 6, Predators 3
Thursday January 5, at Nashville: Stars 4, Predators 1
February 19, at Dallas: Predators 3, Stars 2

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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