DETROIT -- Things could change, but the Red Wings are looking at a first-round playoff matchup against the Nashville Predators, quite possibly without home ice advantage.
If you're looking at Friday night's 4-1 loss to those same Predators, you wouldn't necessarily prefer that matchup.
Why? Pekka Rinne.
No, the Wings didn't lay the proverbial egg as they did in Columbus on Wednesday, but they couldn't crack the Predators 6-foot-5 Vezina Trophy-contending goaltender, at least not until the game was essentially over.
There's a reason that Rinne now has a league-leading 42 wins to his credit. He's that good.
Exhibit A took place in the second period Friday night. The Wings had a chance to tie the game with a couple of power plays late in the period. Henrik Zetterberg, who has been quite hot of late, had a juicy rebound waiting for him on the right doorstep. But Rinne had his glove perfectly placed, and that's where the puck ended up.