Red Wings @ Predators - Game 2 - 4/13
Posted April 13, 2012 - 04:10 PM
You saw Game One, right? Henrik Zetterberg getting slammed into the glass face-first by Shea Weber? No suspension for it, so you're expecting the Wings to be out for blood tonight?
Yeah, don't count on it. The Wings are going to act like it never happened. The businesslike approach is admirable if they can get the win. If they can't, I have the feeling we'll be calling for them to act like they give a damn.
That said, I was saying after Game One that Detroit could have won that game if not for some bounces. If that game is replayed tonight, I think we're looking at a good outcome for the Wings.
What the Wings do or don't do doesn't happen in a vacuum, though. The Preds have had time to adapt, so we'll see what they do.
Hal Gill remains out for the Predators, so they're not expected to have any lineup changes.
Detroit's only lineup change is Gustav Nyquist swapping in for the injured Darren Helm. Nyquist will take Drew Miller's spot on the third line, with Justin Abdelkader jumping up to center Nyquist and Danny Cleary. Cory Emmerton will center Miller and Tomas Holmstrom on the fourth line.
Game time is 7:30, with FSD having the local TV and CNBC having it nationally.
I'll probably be away from the computer for part of this as I have family in town but I'm planning on being near a TV to catch the game.
Posted April 13, 2012 - 07:40 PM
Ladies and gentlemen... Ian White!!!!
And Cory Emmerton!
Stay strong, Wings!
Posted April 13, 2012 - 10:04 PM
I was proven wrong about a lot of things tonight. I was absolutely certain that the Red Wings wouldn't physically respond to Shea Weber after he rammed Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass to close out Game One on Wednesday. Instead, we had Todd Bertuzzi going toe-to-toe with him just 1:36 in.
I've been complaining about Brad Stuart and Johan Franzen and Cory Emmerton. Emmerton snipes one past Pekka Rinne to make it 2-0 and then it's Stuart's shot that deflects off Franzen to make it 3-1.
And how about that third Detroit goal? After the bounces went in Nashville's favor in Game One, the Wings got them in Game Two. That's something I was right about, that if you replayed Game One with the bounces going the other way, it's a Detroit win.
The Wings made closer than they needed to. The second Nashville goal late in the third period didn't need to happen, it was entirely because Detroit stopped trying to move the puck and started skating in circles. And I did call that Weber would get a third-period goal (though the full prediction was that it would be on a power play caused by a Tomas Holmstrom goalie interference call that negated a Detroit goal).
Much like Game One, the Red Wings played a very solid game. They started to slip in the final minutes but overall, they earned this one.
Jimmy Howard has been outstanding this series. He's outplaying Rinne, which I'm not sure a lot of non-Wings partisans would have expected on Monday.
The win gives Detroit home ice in a five-game series. Huge for the team with the best home record in the NHL, but they can't let up just because they're coming home.
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