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The Wings head to Nashville, but is there gas left in the tank after last night’s heroics?

NHL: Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

8:00 EST, Bridgestone Arena

Nashville, TN

TV: FSD

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio

Predators Blog: On the Forecheck

That was something last night! A win. Howdy doody. I was beginning to forget the feel. Let’s have more of that. The Wings hit the road for a tilt tonight against the Preds, who were definitely Detroit’s biggest rival back in the West and everybody knew it and it was equally important to both teams, according to Preds fans circa 2012. Back to backs are always tough, tougher than most give them credit for, so hopefully the Wings have some magic left in the bottle to pull off another win after Danny DeKeyser’s late goal last night against the Isles.

Unfortunately, the Predators have been resting since Thursday night, when they beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 thanks to some strong work by their top line of former Blue Jacket Ryan Johansen, former Capital Filip Forsberg, and former Swedish Champion Viktor Arvidsson. Pekka Rinne was in net for the shutout on Thursday, so expect to see him again tonight.

Expect the Wings to ice the same squad, with two notable exceptions. Since Petr Mrazek tended goal for last night’s win, Jared Coreau will get the go-ahead for tonight. Also, coming back from a sprained knee is Brendan Smith. He hasn’t played since January 4th in a loss against the Ducks. Fortunately, there is absolutely 100% no controversy about who he will be replacing in the lineup. None whatsoever. Moving on...

There's also a question about Frans Nielsen, who didn't play the third period last night with an upper body injury. Blashill said he wouod test it out today and see if he could go tonight.

The Predators have not been the dynamite team they were expected to be at the beginning of the season, but make no mistake, they are still a quality club and have clawed their way back into the 3rd playoff seed for the Central Division. They look like a team that is slowly putting itself together and becoming more and more intimidating. To win this one the Wings will have to take the confidence from last night’s W and play to an even higher level.

Red Wings Expected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Anthony Mantha
Tomas Tatar Frans Nielsen Dylan Larkin
Andreas Athanasiou Darren Helm Thomas Vanek
Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening Justin Abdelkader
Left Defense Right Defense
Danny DeKeyser Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson Xavier Ouellet
Brenden Smith Nick Jensen
Goalie
Jared Coreau

Predators Expected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Filip Forsberg Ryan Johansen Viktor Arvidsson
Austin Watson Mike Fisher Craig Smith
Colin Wilson Calle Jarnkrok James Neal
Cody McLeod Colton Sissons Harry Zolnierczyk
Left Defense Right Defense
Mattias Ekholm P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin Ryan Ellis
Anthony Bitetto Yannick Weber
Goalie
Pekka Rinne
Red Wings The Matchup Predators
21-21-9 (6th, Atlantic) Record 25-18-8 (3rd, Central)
2.4 (24th) Goals Per Game 2.7 (13th)
3.0 (24th) Goals Against Per Game 2.6 (9th)
11.4% (30th) Power Play % 18.1% (19th)
80.8% (20th) Penalty Kill % 82.8% (11th)
Larkin, Mantha, Tatar, Vanek (12) Goals Leader James Neal (17)
Henrik Zetterberg (35) Points Leader Ryan Johansen (38)

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