Detroit: Where Jedi gather apparently

Tonight’s game will be the difference between a photo finish and the Detroit Red Wings being on the ropes despite playing very well this postseason. Nashville will need another gem from Pekka Rinne to take this one.

Fast Facts:

- Pekka Rinne has been absolutely phenomenal this series and despite solid performances from the man across the rink, he has stolen a couple of games for the Preds.

- Jimmy Howard has been very good for the Wings and coincidentally stole the Wings a win in game two. These goaltenders can’t afford any mistakes in this series between two of the league’s best.

Pekka Rinne this series: 2-1-0; 2.35 GAA; .928 SV%
Jimmy Howard this series: 1-2-0; 2.70 GAA; .892 SV%

- Hal Gill has been ruled out for tonight’s game as well. Who knows whether or not we see him at all this series. I’m inclined to think he would put this Nashville back end over the top. No new injuries for the Red Wings.

Projected Lineups:

PREDATORS

Sergei Kostitsyn – Mike Fisher – Martin Erat
Andrei Kostitsyn – Nick Spaling – Alexander Radulov
Gabriel Bourque – Paul Gaustad – Patric Hornqvist
Matt Halischuk – David Legwand – Brandon Yip

Ryan Suter – Shea Weber
Roman Josi — Kevin Klein
Francis Bouillon – Jack Hillen

RED WINGS

Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Jiri Hudler
Johan Franzen – Pavel Datsyuk – Danny Cleary
Gustav Nyquist – Justin Abdelkader – Todd Bertuzzi
Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Tomas Holmstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom – Ian White
Niklas Kronwall – Brad Stuart
Kyle Quincey – Jonathan Ericsson

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Comments (2)

  1. Hey Chris, Im of the belief that the first goal in this game will prove vital for both these teams. Game 1 and 3 we saw a possessed Pekke Rinne and the same can be said for Howard in Game 2.

    Keys to victory for the Wings: Net Presence (Holmstrom, Cleary, Bertuzzi) These guys are ageing but all of them have the right amount of experience to know the area’s they need to be in to capitalize on their skilled line mates tendency to create offence by cycling and funnelling the puck to the net. Goals in front of Rinne will prove insurmountable because if they can get in his head I can see the Wings winning this series. With the likes of Datsyuk and Zetterberg spear heading the offensive charge in Motown it will only be a matter of time until the pucks begin going in. Again it will come down to the net presence

    Keys to Victory for the Predators: It’s no secret that Webber and Suter need to be on top of their game for the Preds to have a chance to win game 4. The ability of Barry Trotz to line match his stud defensemen will ultimately decide this game. Webber is invariably in Zetterberg’s head and it looks as if Webber is going to see the Zetterberg line more so than not. It may be in their best interest to split the tandem up in an effort to minimize the Wings best forwards. Protecting Rinne should be their number 1 priority and it has been in the 2 wins so far in this series. Clearing out the rebounds left by all the Wings shots will prove to be key.

    Should be a barn burner! I’m looking forward to a tight checking game and a 1-goal win. May the best team win!

    • Hey Adam

      Great comment. I’m with you 100% on the first goal, both of these teams play such tight systems that when you force them to break out of those and push the tempo offensively, they expose other flaws in their games. I thought the best example of this was game two as the Preds really struggled at times to break down the Wings through the neutral zone.

      Personally this has probably been my favorite series. I love the way these teams play. If I got to be GM of a squad tomorrow this is what the end results would look like. Lots of two way play, lots of tight checking. VERY Excited for this game.

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