Originally written on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 4/14/12

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 21: Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 21, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators head to Detroit for Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals with an 11 am CDT start time on Sunday morning.

Shea Weber, celebrating a goal on Friday night, says playing in Detroit brings out the best of the Predators.

It is the third time that the Predators and the Red Wings have met in the postseason. Detroit beat Nashville in the first round of the playoffs in six games back in 2004 and again in 2008. Nashville has played 14 playoff games against Detroit, including 6 games at Joe Louis Arena.

The Predators have never won a playoff game in Detroit.

“We are going to do that, eventually,” Predators head coach Barry Trotz said after practice on Saturday morning. “The odds are in our favor. We played them twice in two series so far. We had a chance in one of the games in overtime, I think the first game ever in there. We had them on the ropes.”

If the Predators want to advance to the Western Conference semi-finals for the second consecutive year, they will need to break that postseason losing streak after dropping Game 2 by a 3-2 score at Bridgestone Arena on Friday night.

Playing at Joe Louis Arena does not intimidate the Predators, despite Detroit’s 31-7-3 regular season home record.

“We don’t have any problem going on the road. We have been pretty good on the road. If you look at the Western Conference, nobody has been winning at home, it seems. We will take that and run with it,” Trotz said.

One of those 7 regulation losses at home came at the hands of the Predators with Nashville’s recent 4-1 win over Detroit on March 30th. That one win in Detroit during the regular season has given the Predators some confidence of their own heading into the Motor City on Sunday.

“We know they are great in their building. We have actually played some good games in their building. The last one we played real well. We lost one when we played well, too. We feel like we are comfortable there,” Predators forward Mike Fisher explained.

“We have to play like we played here. We just have to be better,” Captain Shea Weber said. “It is a tough place to play. It is exciting though. It brings out the best in you and the guys will rise to the challenge.”

One way Nashville will look to improve their chances playing on the road is to get their power play going. The League’s best power play unit during the regular season has gone 0-for-12 in the first two games of the series. It could be a series changer if Nashville is unable to score any goals on the man advantage, especially now heading out on the road.

“They are going to play a good solid hockey game up there. We have to do the same thing. We just need to keep it simple and straightforward and play for the whole 60 minutes,” forward David Legwand said, adding, “I think it will come. Pucks are finding their way into their net, and our net last night. [The power play] is 0-for-12. Those things happen. You are going to go on ruts and you need to dig your way out of them.”

Trotz said he is also considering a couple of changes to the lineup, though at this time no decisions have been made.



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