TCL Round 1 Staff Predictions: Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings
( 4 ) NASHVILLE PREDATORS vs. ( 5 ) DETROIT RED WINGS
The pundits are out and predicting doomsday for the Detroit Red Wings and a much better fortune for the up and coming Nashville Predators. Detroit has knocked off the Preds in the only two meetings in the playoffs between the two clubs, both in six games in 2004 and 2008. The Central Division foes split the season series at three games a piece. That sets the tone for what can most likely be the most exciting series of the first round.
There should be plenty of saves and a ton of skill when the Wings and Preds meet tonight in Game 1 at Bridgestone Arena. The Wings have the experience, the Preds have the youth. Which will prevail?
Consensus: Predators in 6
What a terrific series this will be for any hockey fan to watch. Nashville's defensive depth and the Rinne's spectacular play have fueled them all season. It seems as if the stars are aligning for the Preds, but picking against Detroit in the first round seems stupid.
Previous Series: Two - 2004 and 2008. Both times the Red Wings won in six games.
-Game One Preview by Kyle Busch
-G Pekka Rinne 73GP 2.39GAA .923SVP 5SO 43-18-13
-G Jimmy Howard 57GP 2.13GAA .920SVP 6SO 35-17-10
Detroit: Darren Helm (Knee, DTD), Todd Bertuzzi (groin, DTD), Dan Cleary (knee, DTD), Patrick Eaves (concussion, done), Joey MacDonald (back, doubtful)