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Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators: Game Preview

December 30th, 2013 at 6:17 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The Red Wings take the ice for the last time in 2013. The next game will be next year.

What: Red Wings at Predators

When: 8 p.m. tonight

Where:Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Records: The Red Wings are 18-13-9; the Predators are 17-18-9

Season Series: Predators lead 1-0

Last Meeting: Rookie netminder Marek Mazanec recorded his first career shutout as the Predators won 2-0 at Joe Louis Arena.

Projected Lineups

Red Wings:

Forwards:

Tomas Tatar – Pavel Datsyuk – Todd Bertuzzi

Gustav Nyquist – Henrik ZetterbergDaniel Alfredsson

Justin Abdelkader – Darren Helm – Tomas Jurco

Drew Miller – Joakim Andersson – Daniel Cleary

Defencemen

Niklas Kronwall – Brendan Smith

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Jakub Kindl – Brian Lashoff

Goalies

Jimmy Howard (starter)

Petr Mrazek

Predators:

Forward

Colin Wilson

Mike Fisher

Patric Hornqvist

Gabriel Bourque

Matt Cullen

Viktor Stalberg

Nick Spaling

David Legwand

Craig Smith

Eric Nystrom

Paul Gaustad

Matt Hendricks

 

 

Defense

Shea Weber

Roman Josi

Mattias Ekholm

Kevin Klein

Seth Jones

Ryan Ellis

 

 

Goalie

Marek Mazanec

 
Red Wings Update: The Wings came back from their Christmas break with a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday, as four different players scored a goal. The headliner was Henrik Zetterberg scoring in his return to action from a back injury. Darren Helm and Jimmy Howard will also make their returns to action tonight, but Johan Franzen (concussion), Jonathan Ericsson (ribs), Jonas Gustavsson (groin), and Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) are all out.
 
Predators Update: The Predators are coming off of a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, as Mike Fisher's goal with 26.4 seconds left gave helped his team end a five-game skid. The Preds have been stuck in the basement for most of the year, due to goaltender Pekka Rinne missing time due to surgery for a hip infection. Filip Forsberg (upper body) is also out of action.
 
Players to Watch:
 
Predators:
 
Shea Weber: Nine points in his last eight games, and always seems to score against the Wings.
 
Seth Jones: The rookie defenseman has been making his case for Calder Trophy.
 
David Legwand: Leads the Preds in scoring with 25 points.
 
Red Wings:
 
Henrik Zetterberg: Despite missing almost all of December, he's tied for the lead in scoring with 31 points with…
 
Pavel Datsyuk: 14 goals on the year, with one more he will pass last season's total.
 
Daniel Alfredsson: Six points in last five games.
 
Prediction: The rivalry between both teams has fizzled since the Wings moved to the East. The Preds still struggle offensively, and Mazanec has regressed in net. The Wings have excelled on the road, and will end 2013 on a strong note.
 
Make It; Red Wings 3, Predators 2.
Tags: Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg, Hockey, NHL, Pavel Datsyuk

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