Stanley Cup playoff central: Game schedule, top stories, and everything else Dallas Stars fans need to know 

The Dallas Stars are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs!

After a two-year hiatus from the NHL’s big dance, the Stars earned a wild-card berth in the Western Conference after finishing the year 43-32-7 (93 points).

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about this year’s playoff run…

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Round 1: Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators

Stars vs. Predators preview: What has Dallas learned from previous battles with Nashville?

From SportsDay’s Matthew DeFranks: “It’s a budding rivalry right now. At the end of a best-of-7 series, it could be fully formed. The Stars and Predators were hand-picked to be rivals. They are two Sun Belt teams with flashes of postseason brilliance in their respective histories. They’re playing in the Winter Classic next year at the Cotton Bowl, the first outdoor game in both franchise’s histories. But the playoffs breed familiarity and animosity.” Read more.

Schedule (Series tied, 2-2)

Location Time/Result TV
Game 1 @ NSH Stars win, 3-2 USA, FSSW
Game 2 @ NSH Predators win, 2-1 (OT) CNBC, FSSW
Game 3 @ DAL Predators win, 3-2 NBCSN, FSSW
Game 4 @ DAL Stars win, 5-1 USA, FSSW
Game 5 @ NSH Saturday (4/20), 2:00p.m. NBCSN
Game 6 @ DAL Monday (4/22), TBD TBD
Game 7* @ NSH Wednesday (4/24), TBD TBD

— games can also be listened to on KTCK-AM 1310/KTCK-FM 96.7 The Ticket
* – if necessary

Game 4: Stars’ power play erupts in blowout, 5-1

Redemption story: Stars smash Predators in Game 4 as series heads back to Nashville

Should P.K. Subban be suspended for his dirty hit on Jamie Benn?

Photos: Alexander Radulov, Roope Hintz, and Dak Prescott’s celebrations in playoff form during Stars’ Game 4 win

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott on hand to watch Stars defeat Predators in Game 4 at AAC

Scary thought for Nashville? Stars coach Jim Montgomery thinks there’s ‘another level’ to Mats Zuccarello’s game

AHL-to-NHL bounce around paying off for Stars’ Hintz: ‘Every time Roope went down, he came back a better player’

Stars bust power-play slump with explosive first period vs. Nashville in Game 4

Game 3: Preds overcome raucous Dallas crowd, 3-2

‘You just got to put it behind you’: Uncharacteristic night from Ben Bishop dooms Stars in Game 3 loss

Photos: Playoff party returns to Dallas as Stars fans fill American Airlines Center with Victory Green

‘He goes Beast Mode’: Even in a loss, Stars captain Jamie Benn continues his impressive playoff production

Watch: Dirk Nowitzki gets standing ovation from American Airlines Center during Stars-Predators

Nashville’s smallest skater continues to be biggest thorn in Stars’ side in opening series

Predators have AAC spectator removed from playoff game against Stars

Stars shake things up as Jason Spezza, Valeri Nichuskin make postseason debuts in Game 3 vs. Preds

Game 2: Predators best Stars in OT, 2-1

Jeremy Roenick suggests Predators should injure Stars’ Ben Bishop on 20th anniversary of his own gruesome injury

Get used to it: Stars and Predators’ defensive, Game 2 grind set tone for series’ return to Dallas

Power outage: Despite numerous chances, Predators’ Game 2 penalty kill too much for Stars

Game 2 notebook: Stars forward Mattias Janmark returns after injury scare; Nashville and Dallas combine for 20 icings

Photos: Ben Bishop’s got hops! Stars’ goalie tallies 41 saves, Nashville ties series in OT

Game 1: Stars win on the road, 3-2

How the Stars’ penalty kill went perfect against Nashville’s power play in Game 1

Stanley Cup playoffs, meet Miro Heiskanen: Why the Stars’ rookie phenom is ready for the NHL’s biggest stage

Why Stars’ Jamie Benn, Roope Hintz, and Mats Zuccarello are matchup nightmares for Nashville

‘That’s why he’s our captain’: Breaking down Jamie Benn’s play that led to Stars’ game-winner vs. Predators

Why Jason Dickinson doesn’t think Brian Boyle’s check in Game 1 was malicious

Heiskanen joins NHL history book with multi-goal night in Game 1 win

How Dallas overcame inconsistent power play lines, Nashville’s crowd noise during Game 1 win

Photos: Playoff hugs all around as Stars steal Game 1 on the road vs. Preds

More analysis

A mysterious weapon: How Mats Zuccarello has already reached a near-mythical level with the Dallas Stars

‘The taste of it sticks with me’: Stars center Tyler Seguin hungry for another Stanley Cup run

Light on playoff experience, Stars prepare for different brand of hockey: ‘It’s just cars crashing into each other everywhere’

Does Ben Bishop give the Stars a legitimate chance of winning the Stanley Cup?

Stars center Justin Dowling appears poised to make NHL playoff debut: ‘He’s a guy that makes plays’

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