Red Wings can take the edge in the series against Predators
So far the series is split between Detroit and Nashville.
The Red Wings dominated against the Predators in November with 4-1 victory at home, but Nashville managed to comeback against Detroit just two weeks ago on home ice with a 4-3 win. And there is much more than the series riding on this game.
Right now the Wings are third in their division, with very little room for error both ahead and behind them. Even closer is the race to stay in the Western Conference's top eight. The Wings are currently sixth in the conference, with the Preds sitting at eighth.
The Red Wings are lacking in road victories as of late, dropping five of the last seven attempts outside the Joe. So Babcock will need to get the team ready for any challenges they have yet to overcome this season.
As far as impact players go, Shea Weber has been hot for the Predators with two goals and six assists in the last five games. Drew Miller, part of an emerging third line for the Wings, has four goals in the last four games. Filppula, Zetterberg and Hudler are Detroit's leading contributers to the series this season. Erat, Weber and Tootoo for Nashville.
The Wings will be without Chris Conner (hand) and there is no word yet for Predators' Kevin Klein (flu symptoms).