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Game Day Blog: Preds at Detroit Red Wings

Friday, 03.5.2010 / 12:25 PM CT / Preview
By Tom Callahan  - Nashville Predators
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Game Day Blog: Preds at Detroit Red Wings
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Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings
6:30 pm CST
Radio Only: 97.1 RQQ, Predators Radio Network

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Coming off a hard-fought victory over the LA Kings last night the Predators look to keep the wins coming against the Detroit Red Wings, a team that itself has fought its way into playoff contention and is getting healthy at the right time.

Predators head coach Barry Trotz said before last night’s game he expected a playoff-type intensity, and it certainly seemed to be there. Even Patric Hornqvist mentioned it during the second period chat we had – the teams can definitely feel the pressure of the stretch run, but with the Preds finding a way to get wins, the confidence level has to rise just a bit each time that final buzzer sounds.

In Detroit the hostile environment of Joe Louis Arena will make it tough on Nashville, which must at all costs avoid the slow start of last night’s game. The Kings were able to poke one home in the game’s opening minute, but fortunately a short time later simply gave one back as J-P Dumont capitalized on a miscue by goaltender Jonathan Quick. That incident seemed to right the ship for the Predators, who got a timely power play goal from Jason Arnott later in the contest en route to the 4-2 win.

The Red Wings know they have to use the advantage of being at home as much as possible, and many eyes will be watching Johan Franzen as he takes to the ice. Often times the talk of players who have any sort of ACL trouble and miss significant time like Franzen has is that it takes them almost a full season to get back to form. But since coming back prior to the Olympic break, Franzen has registered a point in each game, and scored in his last four straight. So much for that theory!

Another key for Nashville will be getting to rookie netminder Jimmy Howard. A standout at Maine in college and with several AHL seasons under his belt, Howard is not as big a surprise as some may think. Perhaps the real surprise is that he so easily wrested away the title of starter from Chris Osgood, who has struggled mightily this season. Howard still has his nights where growing pains are evident, and Nashville will need to get plenty of traffic in front of the net to distract the young goaler. If they can crowd the crease, odds of an off-night increase no matter which keeper the Wings throw out there.

It should be a great game tonight, and I’m actually predicting that since the Predators played last night, they’ll have some jump to start the game. Remember, we’re on early tonight since Detroit is in the Eastern Time Zone. See you Sunday against the Canucks at 2 pm!

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00