Originally posted on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 4/18/12
One win away from clinching the series. All the Predators have to do is defeat the Detroit Red Wings at home to finally get past their old nemesis. Nashville defeated the Red Wings 3-1 in Game 4 of their first-round series. The formula for this game was pretty much the same as the previous contest: Let Pekka Rinne do his thing. After his 40-save performance, Rinne has stopped 81 of the last 84 shots he has faced. In both games at Joe Louis Arena, he saw over 40 shots and stopped most of them. For the Predators, ever since the 2010 playoffs, every year and every postseason game has been a process. They answered the question of whether they could get out of the first round last year by defeating the Anaheim Ducks in six games. Now with a stranglehold on this series, the question is whether they can beat the Red Wings -- the gold standard of their division -- and continue their march through the postseason. The Predators clinched their series with the Ducks at home last year. They'll have a chance to clinch this one at Bridgestone Arena on Friday in what should be an electric atmosphere. NOTES, QUOTES -D Hal Gill missed his fourth game of the series but appeared slightly closer to a return. Gill skated during a full morning skate practice for the first time this postseason for the Predators. "He's improving every day, made some real good improvement, he's not in tonight, but really good improvement, I thought he looked very good actually," coach Barry Trotz said. -During the regular season at Joe Louis Arena, it was common to see rookie D Roman Josi and LW Brandon Yip playing table tennis outside the Predators' and Red Wings' locker rooms at Joe Louis Arena. Both spots are next to one another and there is a table in the hallway for either team to use. Monday, Yip and Josi went out for a game, but a Joe Louis Arena security guard shut it down. "It was a little funny, but nothing to look too far into that," Yip said. "We went out there to play, the security guard said we weren't allowed to play." -LW Matt Halischuk re-entered the Nashville lineup after a one-game scratch. Halischuk had played in Games 1 and 2 in the postseason. In Game 3 he was replaced by LW Jordin Tootoo. Tootoo exited the lineup for Game 4. "You have to be ready to go if you get in. It's an exciting time of year, always ready to go," Halischuk said. QUOTE TO NOTE "We learned our lesson. This is sort of a new group. Well done by Legwand and the group on the power play." -- Coach Barry Trotz.
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