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Gameday Thread: Nashville Predators @ Dallas Stars

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And then there was one.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators @ Dallas Stars

TV: FOX Sports Southwest
Radio: 1310 AM/96.7 FM The Ticket
Puck Drop: 7 PM CDT

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:

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:

Let the contest begin.