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Wings Can't Afford To Lose

Call it a prediction, a guess or a feeling, but if the Detroit Red Wings go down tonight in Game 2 in Nashville, they'll be hard pressed to win the series.

Following a 3-2 loss in Game 1, Detroit is looking for answers, some that might be answered with a net front presence and a better finishing touch. Henrik Zetterberg missed two empty nets and two Predators goals were lucky defelcetions and one on a bad giveaway by Brad Stuart. Jimmy Howard was solid in net, going toe to toe with Pekka Rinne.

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...

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...

Deadline Probabilities

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TEAM% ChanceCOSTSelanne40High Pick/ProspectParise5Top two lines + picks + prospectsNabokov0High Pick/ProspectVisnovsky15Roster Player + PickMoen20Pick/ProspectPahlsson40Pick/ProspectRuutu10High Pick + ProspectNash52 Roster Players + High Picks/ProspectsIginla0Not Likely to be DealtGrossman60Pick ProspectKnuble15Mid range draft pickZidlicky10Mid range draft pickSuter0Top two lines + picks + prospectsHemsky30Picks + ProspectsWeber-100Arm/Leg

 

So up there is a chart that I made up illustrating some probabilities of players coming to Detroit AT THE DEADLINE. Not free agency; that's a whole different ball game. Maybe this can squash some...

Can the Nashville Predators Be Cup Contenders in 2012?

Every year it seems as though Nashville comes into the season as an underdog. A team that no one expects to make much noise, and just silently get through the season. This year has been different though for both the team and the fans, coming into the year there were new expectations on the team. Even after losing talent and going younger in the off season it was expected that this year the Predators would make the playoffs and make a run in them. Through 47 games the Predators have 58 points and are in the top 9 in the NHL. They play in the leagues hardest division with 4 of their teams in the top 9 and have a winning record within the division. The big question is whether or not this tea...

With Weber Out With Concussion What’s Next for Preds?

 

After a loss to the Stars on the 23rd, the Preds went into the break with an extra loss on their record but nothing more. Then suddenly on the morning of the 26th with the predators set to host the Wings terrible news hit Pred nation. The captain and arguably best defenseman in the NHL would be sitting out the game with an undisclosed injury. After review of the game in Dallas, fans found what may have caused the now made known concussion. Fistric of the Stars hit Weber in the corner in the dying minutes of the game, while there was no suspension on the play; it seemed to have been an elbow that caused the injury.



In Weber’s absence, highly regarded pr...

Detroit Chokes in Classic Fashion

In my world, the Detroit Red Wings won tonight by a score of 3-2 over the Nashville Predators. In real life, NOT TRUE.

Shea Weber scored twice in the last two minutes of the game and Nashville somehow won 4-3. They were out-shot, out-chanced and out-classed until the last two minutes and the Wings don't get a single point for it. That's what happens when you let your foot off the gas pedal.

So here's how this is going to work; I'm going to write an honest game review until the 3-2 mark, and then it's rant time. Fair enough? Here we go.

Detroit opened the scoring with Tomas Holmstrom on the powerplay; a typical Homer rebound garbage goal. Henrik Zetter...

Preds Have to Start Winning at Home

In the past, the Predators were not known as road warriors. They wouldn’t storm into another team's building and take two points. Nashville got most of its points and wins at Bridgestone Arena, becoming known as one of the best home teams over the past five years. Recently, this has changed. This season, the Preds have the league's 4th best road record at 9-6-1 but they have been struggling at home with a dismal 5-5-3 record, in front of only Carolina and Columbus.

Before the game against the Ducks on Saturday night the Predators had lost four straight on home ice, with the last two games against the Coyotes and the Sabers both tightly contested games that could have g...

Some Preds not rising to the Occasion

 

Nashville Predators are known around their league for their drafting and being able to get the most out of their players in the line-up. While this year has shown both of those with Preds rookies coming in and playing above their heads, there have been some both rookies and non-rookies who haven’t played they way they should.

First let’s start with Kostitsyn; while he did start off the year strong playing at almost a point a game, he hasn’t been the same since getting injured earlier this month. He missed three games with an upper body injury in the seven games he has played since then he has only 3 points, all coming in one game. Kostitsyn was brought...

Wings Top Avs, Parise an Option?

The Detroit Red Wings took down the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 yesterday at the Joe, led by Johan Franzen's hat trick. Jimmy Howard recorded the win for Detroit, and Nick Lidstrom scored his team leading 6th goal of the year early in the first period. Dan Cleary also scored for Detroit. Gabriel Landeskog and Milan Hejduk scored for the Avs.

While the Wings won decisively, they started slow, and in my perspective gave the puck away too many times. Eventually they settled down after Lidstrom scored from the slot, and then Franzen got lucky a couple times. His first was a 'deflection' off a Valterri Filppula shot that just happened to clip his stick, the second was a beautiful ...