Despite Nashville being out of the playoff picture, there were actually quite a few storylines headed into Sunday night’s tilt between the Predators and Detroit Red Wings.
A national television stage courtesy of NBC Sports Network was going to showcase the atmosphere inside Bridgestone Arena to the rest of the hockey world, the Red Wings were fighting for their playoff lives and the Preds could deal them a serious blow with a regulation loss, Nashville missed out on stud college free agent Danny DeKeyser a couple weeks ago when he chose Detroit, Michigan-native and first ever Predators draft pick David Legwand was still looking for career goal #200 and this would be the final game in Music City where both teams were conference rivals.
Oh yeah, and some guy named Filip Forsberg was making his NHL debut.
As the game went on, however, the storyline became Pekka Rinne and his effort between the pipes. He turned aside 29 Detroit shots — including 15 in the second period alone — despite t...