Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 4/25/13
The Nashville Predators faceoff against the Detroit Red Wings as divisional opponents for the final time. Detroit looks to clinch a playoff spot Thursday night and would love to get a win against their Southern rivals. Nashville is ranked 14th in the Western Conference with 41 points and a 16-21-9 record. The Red Wings have a record of 22-16-8 with 52 points and ranked 8th in the Western Conference. Puck drops at 6:38pm CT. TV/Radio Coverage Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game Detroit: Fox Sporta Detroit and AM1270 Season Series Date Away Home Result 2/19 DET NSH 3-4 NSH OT 2/23 NSH DET 0-4 DET 4/14 DET NSH 3-0 DET Line Up News Starting Goaltenders: Name W L OT GAA SV% #35 Pekka Rinne 15 16 8 2.43 .910 #35 Jimmy Howard 19 13 7 2.19 .922 Projected Nashville Scratches: #18 W Brandon Yip (lower body), #27 W Patric Hornqvist (upper body), #28 C Paul Gaustad (shoulder), #56 W Taylor Beck (upper body) and #57 W Gabriel Bourque (knee); #33 C Colin Wilson (shoulder) Projected Detroit Scratches: #17 W Patrick Eaves, #18 D Ian White, #23 D Brian Lashoff, #28 D Carlo Colaiacovo, #37 W Mikael Samuelsson (questionable) and G Jared Coreau; #20 W Drew Miller (IR; fractured finger) and #43 C Darren Helm (IR; back) Projected Lines Nashville #19 Bobby Butler #11 David Legwand #9 Filip Forsberg #74 Sergei Kostitsyn #15 Craig Smith #12 Mike Fisher #50 Daniel Bang #13 Nick Spaling #46 Kevin Henderson #16 Rich Clune #17 Chris Mueller #24 Matt Halischuk #6 Shea Weber #59 Roman Josi #75 Hal Gill #7 Jon Blum #8 Kevin Klein #64 Victor Bartley #35 Pekka Rinne #30 Chris Mason Detroit #40 Henrik Zetterberg #13 Pavel Datsyuk #8 Justin Abdelkader #51 Valtteri Filppula #93 Johan Franzen #11 Dan Cleary #14 Gustav Nyquist #63 Joakim Andersson #23 Damien Brunner #44 Todd Bertuzzi #25 Cory Emmerton #22 Jordin Tootoo #55 Niklas Kronwall #52 Jonathan Ericsson #4 Jakub Kindl #65 Danny Dekeyser #27 Kyle Quincey #2 Brendan Smith #35 Jimmy Howard #50 Jonas Gustavsson Quick Hits from the Predators • Both Rich Clune and Brandon Yip are celebrating birthdays on Thursday. Daniel Bang’s birthday was last Friday, while Chris Mason’s was Saturday. • Victor Bartley has posted four assists in his last five games, topping his output from the first 17 games of his career (3a). Detroit Red Wings' Players to Watch: Name GP G A #13 Pavel Datsyuk 45 14 29 #40 Henrik Zetterberg 44 9 34 #93 Johan Franzen 39 13 16 Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.
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