Game 4 - Pregame

Tuesday, 04.17.2012 / 6:07 PM
Preds have 20 skaters out for pregame warmups (in numerical order)
  Forwards (13): Erat, Legwand, Fisher, Spaling, Smith, Yip, Halischuk, Hornqvist, Gaustad, Anderi Kostitsyn, Radulov, Bourque, Sergei Kostitsyn
  Defensemen (7): Weber, Klein, Suter, Hillen, Ellis, Bouillon, Josi


Three quick takeaways from morning skate conversations...
Weather the early storm --- Joe Louis Arena is likely going to be loud at the outset and the Red Wings will look to feed off that emotion for a fast start. Nashville needs to stay disciplined, stay to the game plan, and survive the surge through the first television timeout; after then the game should settle in. At the same time, there's a nervous pall in the air at The Joe tonight; an early lead by the Preds and things will get very tight for the hometown crowd; fans here aren't used to seeing the hometeam lose, especially during the playoffs, but Nashville has won in four of its last seven trips to The Joe since the start of the 2010-11 season (including the Game 3 playoff win) and seven of its last 13 going back to '08-09.

Clear the zone ---
Nashville struggled getting the puck out of the zone at times in Game 3. The Preds need to improve tonight; it will help limit Detroit's shots and scoring chances. Additionally, it will help the Preds maintain regular line changes and allow the coaches to more easily roll all four lines on a consistent basis, which should pay dividends later in the game.

Special teams --- The Preds have held the upper hand in five-on-five situations through the first three games of the series, but the Red Wings have held the edge in specialty situations. Nashville is 1-of-16 on the power-play, while Detroit is 3-of-14. The Wings have also scored one four-on-four goal. In contrast, the Preds have out-scored the Wings 7-to-3 during five-on-five play. Nashville's power-play has had several great chances, but -- outside of Weber's goal to open the scoring in Game 3 -- has been unable to find the back of the net; still the Preds players and coaches say they feel like the power-play is close to exploding ... a multi-goal performance from the power-play tonight would put the PP percentage closer to its success rate from the regular season when Nashville lead the league at 21.6%.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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