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Is the Sixth Seed Detroit's Best Hope?

It may be difficult for some fans to acknowledge but Detroit is faltering in the late stages of the season and are looking less and less like a true playoff contender. Detroit is 2-6-2 in its last 10 games and has not regained its form since the return of Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Franzen and Howard.

The Nashville Predators beat Detroit easily 4-1 Friday night thanks to the strong play of Pekka Rinne and production from their recent additions. The Red Wings quickly lost their outside chance to catch the St. Louis Blues and take the Central Division title for themselves and are now one point behind Nashville and tied with Chicago, however the Wings do have a game in hand. Detroit is 2-3 aga...

Blackhawks clinch playoff spot and find power switch on their power play in Nashville

 

Sometimes things are sweeter when you have to work for them and they don’t come so easy.  As a fan of hockey, I have to say this game had it all & then some. In a game that saw the Hawks running away with the game to start and then have it come down to a nail biting finish is what hockey is all about. Who says the playoffs start on April 11th? I think they’ve already begun.

The Blackhawks held on to defeat the Nashville Predators and in the process secure themselves a ticket to the playoffs.  Unlike last year they determined their own fate and did not leave it on another team's sticks. The Hawks have learned from past mistakes which says a ...

Blackhawks seek to clinch playoff berth in Nashville

Two seasons ago, the Blackhawks and Predators battled their way through the first series in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was an unforgettable series, marked in particular by Game 5, where Marian Hossa scored a dramatic overtime goal that helped tip the series in Chicago's favorite. The rest of the season is history, of course, as the Blackhawks went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Last season, the Predators made team history when they reached the second round of the playoffs for the first time. This year, they'd like to go a little further - perhaps even all the way. Last night's win for the Predators was the 500th for head coach Barry Trotz, the only coach in Nas...

Blackhawks stumble to Predators 6-1

In an important game that could determine teams playoff positioning the Blackhawks just did not have anything going for them. Still missing captain Toews and Montador and Kruger still out themselves with upper body injuries and Duncan Keith out serving his suspension you knew it would be a tall order for the Hawks to overcome Nashville. The Predators have had the Hawks number all year and now lead the series 4-0-1 with only one game remaining in Nashville. The Hawks have not been able to solve Pekka Rinne all year.

The game not only was a four point swing it enabled Nashville to jump ahead of Detroit as well in the 4th spot in the Western Conference standings. The only consolation f...

Central showdown in Chicago tonight

Going into tonight's game, the Blackhawks are just 1-4 against the Nashville Predators, and they'll still have one more game to play against these division rivals at the end of the week. The Hawks are also down one of their best defensemen, as Duncan Keith sits out the first of five games in his suspension after a high hit against Daniel Sedin in last Wednesday's game vs the Canucks. Team captain Jonathan Toews is closer to returning but still also watching from the sidelines, as are defensemen Steve Montador and Sami Lepistö, and forward Marcus Krüger.

Nashville won 3-1 over the Winnipeg Jets in their own building last night; but they're just 2-3-1 over their...

Wings ride momentum into Nashville

Friday's game against the Los Angeles Kings was a breath of fresh air for Wings fans.

After the third period heroics of Darren Helm and Joey MacDonald, the Wings were able to comeback after trailing the Kings. With no signs of Niklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson or Todd Bertuzzi, it was quite the relief.

What type of contest will the Wings have on their hands tonight in Nashville? Not an easy one.

It can't be said enough that the Wings road performance has left much to be desired this season. So upon looking at who tonight's possible impact player might be, Henrik Zetterberg should be acknowledged first. With Datsyuk out, he has de...

Gill to Predators Trade Analysis

 

Since the beginning of the season, ownership and management of the Predators said they are committed to winning a cup and proving to its players that they are no longer hiding behind the excuse of being an expansion team.

On Friday, Hal Gill of the Montreal Canadians was traded to the Nashville Predators for Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney, and a 2nd round pick and made another statement in the process. While most consider this an overpayment by the Preds, it may not be considering what it means to the organization on top of what it does for the roster.

Over the offseason the predators went with a youth movement because Poile felt that in order to take the necessar...

Last-Second Eurotwin Heroics Extend Streak

Tonight's game was a hard fought battle for two key points between division rivals. The game was close and had a playoff atmosphere. Before the game Detroit was ahead of Nashville by eight points but the Predators had a game in hand. Nashville was looking to catch St. Louis for second place in the Central and Detroit sought to put more space between them and 2nd seeded Vancouver. With the win Detroit extends their NHL record with their 22nd consecutive home win.

Detroit had the edge in performance and shots in the first, outshooting Nashville 14-9 in the opening period. Johan Franzen put Detroit on the board at 12:44 in the first with his team-leading 23rd goal off a spectacular...

Wings already have the record, the Central division remains

The Detroit Red Wings made history on Tuesday night with an NHL record, 21st consecutive win on home ice. For the most successful NHL franchise in the last 20 years, it appears that they have everything they could. Well....

Even with the Wings still owning the Central division, Western conference and NHL, the race is still very close, especially in the division. 

As it stands now, the Central division's top 3 spots are within eight points of each other. Nashville has been playing well against their division counterparts ever since last season, but have lost two of the three contests against Detroit this season. 

Detroit will need to deliver everything it ha...

Preds scratch out 3-2 win over the Blackhawks

In their best game in the past nine starts, the Blackhawks still couldn't come away with a win.

It didn't help that Pekka Rinne was - well, being typical stonewall Pekka Rinne. It was a solid battle throughout and Chicago played a style of hockey they've been challenged to play for quite some time: tight defense and sustained pressuring offense. The difference was Ryan Ellis's late tally against Chicago, a soft goal at 14:18 that potentially could have been blocked by Andrew Shaw - and equally should have been stopped for Ray Emery.

Even if the Blackhawks did not win, the boost of having pushed the game to overtime would've been valuable - not only to their...