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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Stars Feel Confident About Their Chances In Nashville

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Music City has been very, very good to them during the regular season. Plus, the Avs bring a little Central to the Pacific final, the Steelheads are one win away, and more.

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The Dallas Stars have headed back to one of the league’s loudest and rowdiest barns for Game 5. Yet they have reason to be confident as they face the Nashville Predators in Bridgestone Arena for the third time this series.

Mark Stepneski takes a look at the history behind Game 5 wins in a series that’s come down to a two-out-of-three outcome:

The historical numbers tell the tale of how crucial Game 5 is in a best-of-seven series tied 2-2. The winner of Game 5 has gone on to win the series 205 out of 260 times (78.8 percent). Bishop is aware of history but isn’t reading too much into it.

”Yeah, but I’ve seen it every which way,” Bishop said. “Been up 3-2 and lost a series and been down 3-2 and won a series. Every game is important. You don’t’ really want to look at the big picture. You want to play a good game and results will follow. We’re playing good hockey right now, and we want to continue.”

And the Captain sounds ready to work:

“We’re trying to set ourselves up to close it out at home, but we have a tough game ahead,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “These guys are going to come back with a pretty strong effort, and we’ve got to be ready to go and determined to win a game on the road.”

Mark has more, including the Mattias Janmark update and yesterday’s practice lines. [Stars Inside Edge]


Stars Stuff: Playoffs Edition

Game 5 is today – and at the earlier, family-friendly hour of 2 p.m. CDT! If you’re in the Victory Park neighborhood, The Hangar has a deal for you.

Andrew Cogliano repped for the Stars and their defensive offensive play on the NHL Network.

What’s up with Mike Moodano, and is it true that the tiny steer is now the Stars’ official dog?

Around The League(s): Stanley Cup Edition

#Death Notes

The Colorado Avalanche are going to Round 2. Last night, they beat the Calgary Flames 5-1 in Alberta to advance in only five games.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one win away after last night’s 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.

The Leafs could win this series, and James Mirtle says it’s because they’re thriving in the same sort of games where the Bruins have shone all year. [The Athletic]

Should the Carolina Hurricanes commit to resting Andrei Svechnikov until Monday?

Greetings From Beautiful Boise

In Kelly Cup playoffs action, the Idaho Steelheads are One Win Away after beating the Utah Grizzlies (Colorado Avalanche) in overtime, yet again.

Finally

Can’t get to the AAC for the playoffs? The Stars have posted video of the entire pregame amp show. Enjoy.