April 11, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators center Paul Gaustad (28) faces off against Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) during the third period in game one of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators beat the Red Wings 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE
The Red Wings will face the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of their Stanley Cup playoff series on Friday. Detroit lost the first game 3-2 in Nashville.
We're only one game into the series between the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators, but there has already been some bad blood spilled between the two squads. All the buzz after Nashville's Game 1 victory was about hard hit on Henrik Zetterberg's head late in the game, a hit that Zetterberg himself said was "dirty." The game featured 17 penalties as well, which is surprising since Nashville and Detroit were the least penalized teams in the league going into the playoffs.
Darren Helm was injured early in the game, a worrying sign for the Wings if that terrible injury spat from March starts to sneak back into the lineup. He will miss Friday's match and the rest of the playoffs after getting wrist surgery.
If Detroit wants a way back into the series quickly, their first step will be solving Pekka Rinne. The Preds goalie was absolutely spectacular in Game 1 of the series with 35 saves on 37 shots, in part due to the defense giving him mostly easy shots to stop. Weber was not suspended for the Zetterberg hit, so they will have their stout defense on the ice once more.
With the road woes Detroit has faced in the past few months, the last thing they need is for the Predators to keep their home-ice advantage as they go back to Joe Louis Arena for Game 3 on Sunday.
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