Morning Skate: Only In Nashville...

(Must be the Shea Weber family section)

I really do wish someone on the Red Wings would punch Shea Weber in the face tonight. Not some dumb, dirty cheap shot, but a man-to-man, drop the gloves type of fight (And yes, I know what every Preds fan is thinking right now "OMG y'all this guy is dumb as a post! His team has Todd Bertuzzi! Shoot, I reckon the Red Wings are the dirty team.") It's not going to happen though for a few reasons. That's not how the Red Wings operate. They don't have a true enforcer to do that even if they wanted to. The Wings are going to get their revenge like they always do and that's on the scoreboard.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous heading into this series. I wasn't sure just which Red Wings team was going to show up. After game one though, I can tell you that this series is not going seven games. Detroit is winning this in six. I was encouraged with what I saw. Pekka Rinne was great, but the Predators won thanks to a few lucky bounces. Those bounces tend to even out as a series goes on. And after tonight, it won't just be the bounces that are even, but the series too.

Just bring it, Nashville.

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[J.J. edit] your SBNation Predators blog...is a whiny insular cesspool.

Puck drop is just after 7:30p ET on Fox Sports Detroit for the locals and CNBC for the rest of us.

The Expected Lineup

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Johan Franzen -- Pavel Datsyuk -- Todd Bertuzzi

Valtteri Filppula -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Jiri Hudler

Gustav Nyquist -- Justin Abdelkader -- Danny Cleary

Drew Miller -- Cory Emmerton -- Tomas Holmstrom

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Nicklas Lidstrom -- Jonathan Ericsson

Niklas Kronwall -- Brad Stuart

Kyle Quincey -- Ian White

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Jimmy Howard (starting)

Ty Conklin

Scratches: Chris Conner, Jan Mursak, Riley Sheahan and Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Patrick Eaves (concussion), Joey MacDonald (back) and Darren Helm (sliced up arm)

RED WINGS 1st ROUND MATCHUP PREDATORS
0 Wins 1
2.00 Goals Per Game 3.00
2-8 Power Play 0-6
6-6 Penalty Kill 6-8
Holmstrom/Zetterberg (1 goal) Goal Leader Gabriel Bourque (2 goals)
4 players tied with 1 point Points Leader Gabriel Bourque (2 points)

  • The Red Wings are 8-5 all-time against the Nashville Predators in the playoffs.
  • Courtesy of Brian Hedger, "Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom is two points away from tying Steve Yzerman for the most in Wings' playoff history (185) and is two goals from tying Denis Potvin for most playoff goals in NHL history by a defenseman (56). "
  • The Wings are 8-3 in game 2 of round 1 in the playoffs since 2000. They've outscored opponents 42-28. However, they're only 3-2 in game 2 after losing in game 1. (All stats via the Red Wings game notes, found here thanks to Bill Roose)

Prediction: Do you know what today is? It's Friday the 13th. The final score of this game will see the Preds score 1 goal and Detroit score 3. Pavel Datsyuk, who wears #13, will be your player of the game. He will have 1 goal and 3 points.

LET'S GO RED WINGS.

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