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.
Shea Weber was not suspended for his head smash on Zetterberg after the final horn sounded in Game 1, and some Nashville players openly mocked the NHL's ruling, passing around a hat to pay the $2500 fine. To put things in perspective, Weber can make that fine back by playing approximately one minute of game time. That'll teach him not to contact the head! Also, as a side note, the problem with the NHL is that discipline is based on the outcome and not the intent. Weber intended to hurt Zetterberg, and because he wasn't hurt there's no discipline. If I shoot someone and they survive, does that mean I shouldn't go to jail? It's a stretch of a comparision, but it makes sense.
Darren Helm is out for the palyoffs after cutting tendons in his forearm after hitting Alexander Radulov. Radulov's skate came up and clipped Helm, who immediately left and had surgery at a nearby hospital.
Gustav Nyquist will be in the lineup on the third line, replaceing a struggling Drew Miller, who is bumped down to the fourth line. Here is the line up for tonight's game:
Filppula - Zetterberg - Hudler
Franzen - Datsyuk - Bertuzzi
Nyquist - Abdelkader - Cleary
Miller - Emmerton - Holmstrom
Lidstrom - Ericsson
Kronwall - Stuart
White - Quincey
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