April 17, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Holmstrom (96) and Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter (20) fights for position in front of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne (35) in the second period of game four of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
The Detroit Red Wings head into Game 5 of their series with the Nashville Predators down 3-1 and facing an early elimination from the playoffs.
Before the playoffs began, the Detroit Red Wings were looking forward to facing the Nashville Predators. They had gotten healthy after an injury and loss plagued March and seemed to be the better team going into the series between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds.
The Preds had something to say about that, taking three of the first four games and a 3-1 series lead, leaving the Wings hanging on to the edge of elimination for Game 5 of the series. Pekka Rinne, Shea Weber and others have stymied the Wings offensively so far while the Preds offense has been spread out and done enough to get by.
It could just take an offensive spark to boost the Wings up, as no team has scored more than three goals so far in this series and the first three games were all decided by a single goal. With a relatively healthy team all around now, their powerful offense that shone in the early months of 2012 needs to go into overdrive if the Wings want to stay alive.
They certainly have enough guys with playoff experience to rally the troops together for at least one more win. Last season against the San Jose Sharks, the Wings came back from a 3-0 series deficit to force a Game 7.
The game will be at Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. ET.
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