Preds Face Wings, on Pride Day…
Today is Predators Pride day, so don’t forget to wear your colors proudly all throughout the Nation. There would be no better way to celebrate Preds pride than to defeat the rival Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena 6:30 CT.
This is the sixth & final regular season contest between the teams with playoff implications on the line. Detroit has won 3 of 5 matchups this season including both in “hockey town”. The Preds will need to play tough as the Red Wings sit 1 point in front for 4th (& home ice in 1st round) in the Western Conference.
With a 30-5-2 home record, Detroit will be very tough to beat if Nashville does not finish in the 4th slot. Overall, these two teams have not been at their best with the Preds going 5-4-1 in last 10 & Wings 3-5-2 with both teams dropping their last game.
Always a great game when these teams get together & winner will hold that important 4th spot with 4 games remaining in the season. This is the 1st of tough back to backs as Chicago will be waiting in Nashville for the Preds on Saturday Night.
F Jordin Tootoo, F Martin Erat, & D Roman Josi all returned to practice yesterday & should be in the lineup tonight in Detroit.
The bottom line…
The Nashville Predators are 44-25-8 (96 Pts) with 5 games remaining and sit 3rd in The Central Division, 10 Pts behind St Louis (4 GR) & 1 Pt behind Detroit (5 GR).
-In the Western Conference the Predators are in 5th, with the chase pack: 6 Chicago (95 Pts 4 GR), 7 Phoenix (89 Pts 4 GR) & 8 LA (88 Pts GR 5), 9 San Jose (88 4 GR).
-The Predators close out a 3 game road trip tonight in Detroit 6:30 CT.
-The Preds have picked up 2 of a possible 4 points on current 3 game road trip.
-F Alex Radulov has recorded 3 points in 4 games since returning from the KHL.
-F Patric Hornqvist leads the Preds in goals scored with 25; Mike Fisher has 24.
-F Martin Erat leads the Preds with 39 Assists & 57 points.
-F Jordin Tootoo leads the Preds in penalty minutes with 92 & D Shea Weber leads the team in hits with 171.
-G Pekka Rinne is tied for most wins in the NHL with 41 (Fleury-Pit) & has now played in 69 games (previous high 64 last season).
Leg-watch 500- With 1A Vs Chicago, David Legwand now has 497 points in his career (187 G 310 A) with the Predators.