Saturday, March 10, 2012
The Nashville Predators will host the Detroit Red Wings for the final time in the 2011-2012 regular season tonight at Bridgestone Arena. In the four games that the two teams have played against each other so far this season, the Red Wings have come out on the winning side in three of them.
This game is a big one for both teams. If the Predators are able to win, they will be only four points behind Detroit with one game in hand. If Detroit wins, they will be eight points ahead of Nashville. The Predators have to make good use of the home ice advantage tonight.
"We've played them pretty good at home. They are a team that we're trying to catch right now. They're a bit banged up, which probably doesn't mean anything because they're deep. We've got to make sure we're ready to play like we did on Thursday night. This is a huge game for us. With this one, we're right on their tails," said Predators forward Mike Fisher.
Detroit is coming off of a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night. The Kings held a 3-2 lead in the third period, but the Red Wings wouldn't go away. Darren Helm scored the game-winning goal at 18:47 of the third period to complete the comeback effort for the Red Wings.
My player to watch for the Red Wings is Henrik Zetterberg. With Pavel Datsyuk out of the lineup, Zetterberg will be the primary threat for the Red Wings. He's coming off of a two-goal effort over the Kings last night.
For Nashville, my player to watch is David Legwand. Legwand always seems to elevate his game against Detroit. The play of the Predators second line will be critical in tonight's game.