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Morning Skate: Red Wings vs Predators

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

3:00p ET, Bridgestone Arena

Nashville, TN

TV: FSDT, FSTN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Predators Blog: On the Forecheck

It's an early afternoon game, kiddos. Grab a slice of pizza, a beer (juice for the little ones), and let's hockey.

Last time we played Nashville, it was something else. Detroit won that game 5-2, and Tomas Tatar had two goals. Can we do it again? Maybe. We've got Jonas Gustavsson in the pipes tonight coming off of a very impressive performance against Los Angeles. It was a loss, yes, but he only let one goal in and Detroit just couldn't break Jonathan Quick.

Nashville is the best team in the league, I think. They're a a finely tuned machine with an emerging star in Filip Forsberg, an elite defensive core, and arguably one of the best goalies the NHL has in Pekka Rinne.

Detroit can win this game on special teams alone, but Nashville has only lost five games on home ice this season.. So yeah, our work is definitely cut out for us. If Teemu Pulkkinen can have another stellar game, and Pavel Datsyuk's line can continue to dominate, I think they've got a damn good chance. GET IT.

The Expected Lineups (Subject to Change)

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Pavel Datsyuk Darren Helm
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Justin Abdelkader
Stephen Weiss Luke Glendening Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Tomas Jurco

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Alexey Marchenko

Goaltenders

Jonas Gustavsson (starting)
Jimmy Howard


Scratches: Daniel Cleary

Injuries: Henrik Zetterberg (upper body) & Johan Franzen (headaches)

Forwards

Filip Forsberg Mike Ribeiro James Neal
Craig Smith Mike Fisher Matt Cullen
Colin Wilson Calle Jarnkrok Mike Santorelli
Eric Nystrom Paul Gaustad Gabriel Bourque


Defensemen

Roman Josi Shea Weber
Mattias Ekholm Cody Franson
Seth Jones Ryan Ellis


Goaltenders

Pekka Rinne
Carter Hutton


SHARKS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
41-14-7 (89 pts; 1st in West) Record 34-15-11 (79 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.94 (6th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.88 (8th in NHL)
2.29 (2nd) Goals Against Per Game 2.45 (7th)
17.1% (23rd) Power Play % 25.1% (1st)
82.2% (13th) Penalty Kill % 83.0% (9th)
Filip Forsberg (21 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (24 goals)
Filip Forsberg (52 points) Points Leader Pavel Datsyuk (50 points)

  • The Red Wings are 59-42-4 (W-L-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Nashville Predators franchise.

  • Last 10 Games: Nashville 7-2-1, Detroit 5-3-2

  • Pavel Datsyuk has 71 points (21 goals, 50 assists) in 64 career games against the Nashville Predators

LGRW