Morning Skate: Predators at Red Wings Preview

I would like to see this joyous celebration tonight. Please, please, please PLEASE! - Tom Szczerbowski

Game 22

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit Plus

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Predators Blog: On The Forecheck

The Wings haven't won blah blah blah blah blah, regulation blah blah blah blah, shootout blah blah blah blah, losing blah blah blah blah. I think that about covers it. Writing these is a lot more fun when we're winning games. I'm tired of not winning, I'm tired of everyone being so frustrated that they lash out on each other, I'm tired of losing. I just want to win. But if you're not already depressed enough, someone (Jeff) has confirmed from inside sources that the Red Wings do in fact hold a new NHL record... for most consecutive OT/SO losses (5) since 2005 when the SO was introduced. Look at us, setting more NHL records.

Luke Glendening was sent back to Grand Rapids, Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss are still still out with sore groins (bring in the Lucky Charms, STAT!), and Brendan Smith will make his return to the lineup tonight. The Wings expect to go with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen. Danny DeKeyser left practice with the flu yesterday and we're waiting to find out if he'll be able to play tonight or not.

The Wings haven't won a game since Brendan Smith has been out of the lineup, so when we win tonight, everyone has to stop ragging on him, right? Ahahahahah.. Just kidding. Although, the Wings did do some shootout practice yesterday, so maybe the next time we're in a shootout, Smith can shoot and actually score a f'ing goal. I don't know.

The Expected Lineup

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Todd Bertuzzi
Johan Franzen Darren Helm Tomas Tatar
Daniel Cleary Joakim Andersson Mikael Samuelsson
Drew Miller The Dogman Justin Abdelkader

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser / Brian Lashoff
Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson

Injuries: Stephen Weiss (groin), Daniel Alfredsson (groin)

PREDATORS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
9-9-2 (20 pts; 7th in Central) Record 9-5-7 (25 pts; 4th in Atlantic)
2.30 (24th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.57 (17th in NHL)
3.05 (25th) Goals Against Per Game 2.67(17th)
20.3% (11th) Power Play % 21.5% (7th)
81.7% (20th) Penalty Kill % 86.1% (5th)
Patric Hornqvist (6 goals) Goal Leader Pavel Datsyuk (11 goals)
David Legwand (17 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (23 points)

Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: Shea Weber because he'll get angry that he's not getting his way, and then smash your head into the glass... repeatedly. It's ok though, because he has plenty of money for all those pesky little fines.

X-Factor: Might as well go with the goalie. The Preds aren't exactly lighting mups this season, and with Pekka Rinne out with an E coli infection in his hip, it would seem that the Wings should have an easier time beating the Preds, right? But because we're such a generous, kind, giving team, we'll probably make whatever goalie they start, look like a stud.

Familiar Faces: Shea Weber's face is pretty familiar, you know, from that time he decided to repeatedly smash Zetterberg's head into the glass.

Thumbs up (One Thing to Like About Nashville): When I was in Nashville, there was a friendly little squirrel who came and sat beside me to visit. So, uh... the squirrels are friendly. On second thought, I may need to get back to you on this one.

Thumbs down (One Thing to Dislike About Nashville): Who picks piss yellow as their jersey color, and then also paints their ice piss yellow?

Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 49-24-4-8 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Predators.

  • Last 10 games: Predators 4-5-1. Detroit 3-1-6.

  • The Wings are currently 1-0-1 on Tuesdays.


  • Todd Bertuzzi has 40 points (14G 26A) in 50 career games against the Preds. Pavel Datsyuk has 68 points (20G 48A) in 61 career games against he Preds. Henrik Zetterberg has 47 points  (17G 30A) in 56 career games against the Preds.


  • Howard is 9-5-1 with a 2.18 GAA, .923 SV% with 3 shutouts in 17 career starts against the predators.

Prediction: Zetterberg nets the game winner, because fuck Shea Weber.

Let's Go Red Wings.
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