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.
GAME 5 IS TOMORROW and we have a Game Day Special for you! Get 20% OFF all Playoff Merchandise at our Victory Park Location outside of the AAC! Stop in before the Watch Party at Hero. We will be open from 10a-6p! #Gostars #PlayoffMode pic.twitter.com/kTDB5PsW46— X-Stars Hangar (@StarsHangar) April 19, 2019
Andrew Cogliano repped for the Stars and their defensive offensive play on the NHL Network.
"A lot of guys take pride in how they play defensively." - @DallasStars' Andrew Cogliano on the team's culture and coaching staff. #NHLNow #StanleyCup— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) April 19, 2019
Full interview: https://t.co/2BpgpxHgHI pic.twitter.com/DojkjrT01K
What’s up with Mike Moodano, and is it true that the tiny steer is now the Stars’ official dog?
I wonder how many times you have drove past a field and said to your passengers "hey look there is some cows!" And you didn't even recognize me. Smh. Now that I am the official Dog of the @DallasStars everyone want my hoof print.— Mike Moodano (@MikeMoodono) April 19, 2019
Around The League(s): Stanley Cup Edition
There was a lot of waiting in this game but it was worth it. Leafs lead the series 3-2 https://t.co/NuEU7Cgzto— Pension Plan Puppets (@PPPLeafs) April 20, 2019
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?
While it seems more likely Andrei Svechnikov will return from his concussion Monday, no one will rule out Saturday’s Game 5. Is that too soon, even if he's cleared? https://t.co/B7rX6UU7Uy— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) April 19, 2019
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.
RECAP: After trailing by three goals, the Steelheads forced overtime for the third-straight game and completed the comeback, winning 5-4 in overtime over the Grizzlies and taking a 3-1 series lead.— x-Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) April 20, 2019
DETAILS: https://t.co/wM6ppVkvjE | #PushingOn pic.twitter.com/ZjdaE21qZ7
Can’t get to the AAC for the playoffs? The Stars have posted video of the entire pregame amp show. Enjoy.