NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 13: Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators and Todd Bertuzzi #44 of the Detroit Red Wings hold their positions in front of goalie Pekka Rinne #35 in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on April 13, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
While other series have guys throwing elbows to the head, pulling hair, or cross-checking opponents in the face, the rivalry between the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings is perhaps taking a more genteel turn. The story making the rounds this morning had Todd Bertuzzi taking away a ping-pong table which the Preds were playing with***, telling them to basically get their own. Dave Strader details that story at the end of the video here:
So the question I put to you is, how should the Predators defend their turf when the series returns to Bridgestone Arena for Game 5 on Friday?
- Shea Weber could have his giant dog Dug stand guard outside the visitors' dressing room.
- The arena staff could serve up a pre-game meal for the Red Wings consisting of nothing but the most tongue-scorching variety of Prince's Hot Chicken.
- Conveniently stop cleaning out Gnash's litter box, and leave it in a corner of the Red Wings' room.
What other ideas can you come up with? It's time to chip in and help the team...
UPDATE: Craig Custance tries to pop the bubble here:
Red Wings say no truth to Bertuzzi taking ping pong paddles away from Predators. Security told Nashville table was off limits.— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) April 17, 2012
Sounds like it was Bertuzzi, however, who made it very clear to security that the Predators were not to play ping pong on Red Wings table.— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) April 17, 2012
Hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good story?