Predators Game Day Preview: Detroit @ Nashville

[SB Nation] - [NHL] - [Winging it in Motown] - [Tennessean] - [Detroit Free Press]

Y'know, cause this format worked so well Thursday?

Yesterday Thom Abraham spoke with Wings radio guy Ken Kal, so give that a listen as part of your pre-game festivities. 

Ken Kal on Thom Abraham Show 20100326

Our Hated Rivals invade the Bridgestone Arena tonight, and have really come on in the standings since our last meeting. The Predators currently reside in fifth place in the West, while the Red Wings have 8th pretty well locked up and are looking to move up even further. Nashville is only eight points out of the division lead with seven games to go, and while its not very realistic to catch the Blackhawks, its notable for Barry Trotz's club who were picked to finish in the conference cellar at the beginning of the year. Additionally, if Nashville were able to maintain their lead on Detroit going into the postseason, it would be a true watershed moment for the franchise, as the Wings have long been considered the measuring stick.

Below are your lineups and an even ten thoughts on tonight's game...

ROSTER UPDATE: John Glennon checks in with the news that Arnott and Ward are both out, with a hat tip to the comment section...lines fixed accordingly.

Game Notes

  • Please do check out my special piece over at NBC Sports' Pro Hockey Talk on the Predators most frustrating player. I bet you'll never guess who. 
  • Patric Hornqvist is five goals away from breaking the team record. Can he get there in seven games?
  • He also has broken the team record for shots in a season (tenth league-wide currently) and is 2nd in game winning goals. Not a whole lot more you can ask for, really.
  • Pekka Rinne leads the league in wins and shutouts since the Olympic break, and is third on the all-time team win list.
  • The Red Wings are 9-1-1 in their last 11. Yikes. You have to be nervous if you're Chicago or San Jose. 
  • Henrik Zetterberg has eight points in five games. 
  • I may have mentioned this the other day; but Nashville is tops in the league in games decided by two goals or less. 
  • In our last meeting, Detroit won, Dan Ellis got shell-shocked, and Shea Weber was hurt. 
  • Maybe David Legwand can regain his spark against his hometown team; he has 32 points in 49 career games against Detroit. 
  • If you're headed to the game, consider taking part in an awesome promotion the Preds are running. Sure, it takes commitment, but its a good cause. 


Please play, Jason?

Wilson - O'Reilly - Erat
Sullivan - Goc - Hornqvist
Spaling - Boyd - Dumont
Tootoo - Legwand - Smithson
Suter - Weber
Hamhuis - Franson
Bouillon - Klein

2009 - Pekka Rinne 52 2879 29 14 125 2.61 1345 1220 .907 6


Franzen - Datsyuk - Holmstrom
Filppula - Zetterberg - Bertuzzi
Miller - Williams - Cleary
Draper - Helm - Eaves
Lidstrom - Rafalski
Kronwall - Stuart
Lilja - Ericsson

2009 - Jimmy Howard 55 3248 30 15 124 2.29 1642 1518 .924 1

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