After a nasty end to game one, the Battle of the Central division continued to thrill the world with another VERY close game in which the Wings pulled out the road split. The Preds will be looking for some of that in game three.
- I alluded to how closely these two goaltenders have played each other in my game two recap and the numbers themselves are telling, if not scary.
Pekka Rinne: 1-1; 2.52 GAA; .907 SV%
Jimmy Howard: 1-1; 2.52 GAA; .904 SV%
Not only have they stymied the opposing shooters, they’ve matched each other save for save as well. Whoever makes less mistakes will win this series.
- No new injuries to report from either side that will impact the lineup. Ian White was probable for the Red Wings and will more than likely play with a sore foot. Hal Gill is hampered by a foot injury as well and didn’t skate for the Predators on Saturday, though Barry Trotz acknowledged that Gill’s injury warrants time off of skates.
Sergei Kostitsyn-Mike Fisher-Martin Erat
Andrei Kostitsyn-David Legwand-Alexander Radulov
Gabriel Bourque-Nick Spaling-Patric Hornqvist
Matt Halischuk-Paul Gaustad-Craig Smith
Ryan Suter-Shea Weber
Roman Josi-Kevin Klein
Francis Bouillon-Jack Hillen
(It should be noted that Barry Trotz had acknowledged potential lineup switches are an option with Colin Wilson, Jordin Tootoo and Ryan Ellis healthy scratches to this point. However, at most recent look, there had been no update on those.)
Valtteri Filppula-Henrik Zetterberg-Jiri Hudler
Johan Franzen-Pavel Datsyuk-Todd Bertuzzi
Gustav Nyquist -Justin Abdelkader-Dan Cleary
Drew Miller-Justin Abdelkader-Tomas Holmstrom
Nicklas Lidstrom-Jonathan Ericsson
Niklas Kronwall-Brad Stuart
Kyle Quincey-Ian White
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