Originally written on Smashville 24/7  |  Last updated 11/9/14

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: David Legwand #11 of the Nashville Predators reacts to his goal for a 3-0 lead against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at the Staples Center on January 8, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
7:00 CT – Red Wings (19-9-1) @ Predators (15-11-4)Players to watch:DET- Valterri FilppulaFilppula had three points in the last meeting and has been an underrated two-way force this season.NSH- David Legwand‘Leggy’ has five points in the last six games and seems to always raise his two-way game against the Red Wings.Starting goaltenders:DET- Jimmy Howard (2011-12 stats: 14-9-1, 2.40 GAA)NSH- Pekka Rinne (2011-12 stats: 13-9-4, 2.52 GAA)Injury report:DET- Patrick Eaves (jaw, out)NSH- NoneKeys to the game:DET- Stay out of the box… Don’t look now, but the Preds’ power play is ranked fourth in the NHL. The unit has scored in six straight games, so Detroit will need to limit their man advantage opportunities and stay out of the sin bin.NSH- Win the first 40 minutes… Detroit is 14-0-1 when leading after two periods, 1-8-0 when trailing. Judging by those statistics, the Preds need to control the play in the first two periods and set the tone for a good finish.Numbers to know:- The Preds a...
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