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NHL Playoff Preview: Red Wings vs. Predators

by Jeff Briggs

Since I, nor most anyone I know follows hockey religiously I asked someone who does to take a look at the upcoming hockey playoffs. For this I turned to my roommate John, who not only follows hockey, but may be the only person alive who subscribes to the NHL Center Ice package.

#1 Detroit Red Wings vs. #8 Nashville Predators
(Season Series – Detroit Leads 5-3)

The President Trophy winning Detroit Red Wings come into the playoffs where they have been the past 15 years, as one of the favorites. Finishing off another spectacular season highlighted by their 2 superstars Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, the Red Wings are once again a force to be reckoned with. However, they might not even be the biggest story in their own series, as the Nashville Predators have to be the biggest surprise in these years’ playoffs. A year after losing Peter Forsberg, Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timmonen, and Tomas Vokoun in the offseason, not many envisioned the Preds in contention for anything despite the #1 draft pick. But here they are, standing in front of a Swedish mountain. The Red Wings are going to come with quickness in the offensive and defensive zones, out-shooting opponents by an impressive 10.9 shots per game in the regular season (tops in the league by a mile). Outside of Nashville not many will give Jason Arnott and his troops much of a chance. That’s good enough for me.
Prediction:

Red Wings in 5 games.