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In the end, it comes all the way down to the end. The Predators are the only opponent still standing between the Stars and their regular-season destiny.
A single victory means the Stars win the whole regular-season enchilada – a momentum-building game against another playoff team, a months-long knife fight in the most brutal division in professional sports, the provisional crown of the NHL's stronger conference and all the psychological and home-ice advantages it brings.
A regulation loss casts their fate to the St. Louis Blues, who will need only a loser point to snatch the glory for themselves; an OT loss for the home team means the Blues can take it all with a win.
Nashville, locked into the first wildcard spot, has nothing to gain from risking some of its strongest players against Dallas, as Tennessean beat reporter Adam Vingan confirms:
Mike Fisher, Shea Weber, Mike Ribeiro, Pekka Rinne and Roman Josi won't play tonight against Dallas.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) April 9, 2016
At such a time, we should all remember the wisdom of Admiral Ackbar and screech "It's a trap!" together.
Antti Niemi looks to be in net tonight, as the Stars hope to enter the Stanley Cup race with two hot goalies:
Antti Niemi first off the ice for the Stars, looks like he is in goal tonight.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) April 9, 2016
Let the contest begin.