Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 2/23/13
The Nashville Predators fly to the Motor City the day after being shutout by the Vancouver Canucks, 1-0 at Bridgestone Arena. Saturday night, the Preds take on their rival Detroit Red Wings for the second time in three games. Nashville was able to get the best of Detroit in overtime Tuesday, but the Red Wings will look to change that. The Preds have a record of 8-5-5 and ranked 4th in the Western Conference with 21 points. The Wings are 7-7-3 and ranked 10th in the Western Conference with 17 points. Puck drops at 6:07pm CT/7:07pm ET at Joe Louis Arena. TV/Radio Coverage Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game Detroit: Fox Sports Detroit+ and AM 1270 US: NHL Network Season Series Date Away Home Result 2/19 DET NSH 3-4 OT NSH Line Up News Starting Goaltenders: Name W L OT GAA SV% #35 Pekka Rinne 7 4 4 1.63 .936 #35 Jimmy Howard 6 6 2 3.08 .896 Projected Nashville Scratches: #7 D Jon Blum, #23 W Brian McGrattan (conditioning assignment) and #28 C Paul Gaustad (lower body) Projected Detroit Scratches: #17 W Patrick Eaves and #27 D Kyle Quincey (sprained left ankle); #2 D Brendan Smith (IR; shoulder), #28 D Carlo Colaiacovo (IR; shoulder), #37 W Mikael Samuelsson (IR; finger) #43 W Darren Helm (IR; back), #44 W Todd Bertuzzi (IR; back) and #93 W Johan Franzen (IR; sore hip flexer) Projected Lines Nashville #74 Sergei Kostitsyn #12 Mike Fisher #27 Patric Hornqvist #33 Colin Wilson #11 David Legwand #10 Martin Erat #24 Matt Halischuk #15 Craig Smith #57 Gabriel Bourque #16 Richard Clune #13 Nick Spaling #18 Brandon Yip #6 Shea Weber #59 Roman Josi #22 Scott Hannan #8 Kevin Klein #75 Hal Gill #4 Ryan Ellis #35 Pekka Rinne #30 Chris Mason Detroit #51 Valtteri Filppula #40 Henrik Zetterberg #24 Damien Brunner #8 Justin Abdelkader #13 Pavel Datsyuk #11 Dan Cleary #21 Tomas Tatar #63 Joakim Andersson #39 Jan Mursak #20 Drew Miller #20 Cory Emmerton #22 Jordin Tootoo #55 Niklas Kronwall #52 Jonathan Ericsson #3 Kent Huskins #18 Ian White #23 Brian Lashoff #4 Jakub Kindl #35 Jimmy Howard #50 Jonas Gustavsson Thoughts on Both Teams Predators: No one likes being shutout in the hockey world. That is what happened Friday night against the Vancouver Canucks losing 1-0, in regulation. Unable to get a point in a close game is a heartbreaker and a knock to the morale in the locker room. The Predators will have to overcome adversity and focus on the game in Detroit. Pavel Datsyuk has to be the number one focus entering this game. After dangling around four Nashville defenders and scoring on Pekka Rinne to send the game into overtime, the coaching staff will make sure that doesn't happen again. Datsyuk is a freak with the puck and may be the most talented stickhandler in the world. Look for captain Shea Weber to try and shut him down throughout the game. The three keys to winning the game is, 1) Shutdown Datsyuk, 2) Play physical hockey and 3) Score the first goal. Detroit: The Red Wings haven't won a game in thirteen days, including five games. They will look to snapping that losing streak against a team they lost to Tuesday night in overtime at Bridgestone Arena. Since the last time these two teams met, Detroit has suffered more injuries. However, some of the people who are on injured reserve are slowly becoming healthy once more. Mikael Samuelsson and Kyle Quincey are the latest victims to the Red Wings' injury list. Samuelsson suffered a finger injury from a shot by team mate Ian White, while Quincey sprained his left ankle against the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night. Head coach Mike Babcock may adjust the lines, but don't expect it to be too radical. Babcock may go with a similar lineup to the game Tuesday night since they were close to winning the game. Detroit Red Wings Players to Watch: Name GP G A #13 Pavel Datsyuk 16 8 10 #22 Jordin Tootoo 17 1 2 #24 Damien Brunner 17 8 4 Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL: Ezekiel Elliott investigation is still ‘active’ and ‘ongoing’

Report: Relationship between Jeff Fisher, Rams GM is ‘toxic’

Ex-Eagle: Strippers told him that Donovan McNabb hated him

Admiral rips Kaepernick during Pearl Harbor speech

Kevin Love has great tweet about his mucous malfunction

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Houston AD seemingly refutes Kiffin rumors with clever tweet

Dana White: Conor McGregor will appear on ‘Game of Thones’

Report: Aroldis Chapman signs with Yankees

Le’Veon Bell thinks Giants were trying to hurt him

White Sox trade Adam Eaton to Nationals for haul of impressive prospects

Looking at NFL injuries that could impact the Super Bowl chase

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 3: News, notes and rumors

Four stinkiest games remaining on the 2016 NFL schedule

Ten young NBA players developing into stars

TailGreater: Tips for bowl travelers

Ranking the single-player modes of the 2017 sports games

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 12/7: The date we got to know Bo

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 2: News, notes and rumors

Ten most intriguing non-NY6 bowl games

Breaking down the NFL playoff picture heading into Week 14

The best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 3: News, notes and rumors

TailGreater: Tips for bowl travelers

Ranking the single-player modes of the 2017 sports games

MLB Winter Meetings report, Day 2: News, notes and rumors

The five best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

The five must-have sports games of 2016

Winter Meetings report, Day 1: News, notes and rumors

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker