April 11, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators center David Legwand (11) 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

NHL Playoffs 2012: News And Notes On Red Wings-Predators Series

Tracking the latest news and notes related to the Detroit Red Wings' first-round series against the Nashville Predators.

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Predators Vs. Red Wings, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 5: Nashville Wins 2-1, Clinches Series

For the first time since 2006, the Detroit Red Wings lost in the opening round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. A third period goal from the Nashville Predators broke a tie, and held up as the game-winner in a 2-1 victory on Friday night.

Detroit struggled to create scoring chances throughout the game and went 0-2 on the power play. When the Wings did manage to get a shot on goal, they found it incredibly difficult to beat Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, who turned away 22 shots and allowed just one goal.

David Legwand broke the tie just 13 seconds in the third period. Alexander Radulov fed the puck into Detroit's zone, and Gabriel Borque skated in on Jimmy Howard. The puck bounced backward where Legwand found it and flicked it in with the slightest wrist shot.

From there, Rinne took over.

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Red Wings Vs. Predators Game 4 Final Score: Detroit On Brink Of Elimination After 3-1 Loss

The Detroit Red Wings lost a very frustrating Game 4, 3-1, and have fallen behind in the first-round series 3-1 with Game 5 returning to Nashville on Friday.

The Red Wings dominated the first two periods, outshooting the Predators 28-10, but had absolutely nothing to show for it. In the third period, the Predators took advantage of their opportunities, while the Red Wings continued to come up empty on the majority of theirs.

Gabriel Bourque scored the game's first goal less than two minutes into the third, taking advantage of a lucky bounce off a Wings defender. Here it is:

The Wings finally turned on that light behind the goal, answering Bourque's goal with a power-play goal from Jiri Hudler moments later to tie the game at 1-1:

The game-winning goal by the Predators' Kevin Klein came a little over three minutes later, though -- after Hudler hit the post -- on a play that's pretty hard to put into words... Watch:

David Legwand added the cherry on top at 19:21 when he simply slapped at Dan Cleary's stick as he was trying to escape from behind the Wings' net and the puck slipped through Jimmy Howard's legs. We have video of that disappointment, too:

Game 5 is on Friday with the puck dropping at 8 p.m.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Predators Vs. Red Wings Final Score: Detroit Downed By Nashville In Game 3, 3-2

The Detroit Red Wings couldn't overcome a poor start on Sunday and fell 3-2 to the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of the first round. A Henrik Zetterberg goal with just 53.1 seconds remaining offered hope for a late Red Wings comeback, but it was not to be.

Detroit, trailing 2-1 after two periods, actually outshot the Predators 12-0 during a 12-minute stretch to open the final period, but they could not beat goaltender Pekka Rinne during that stretch. Rinne finished the day with 41 saves on 43 shots and continued his rock-solid series between the pipes.

The game-winner was sent in by Sergei Kostitsyn, who scored his fourth career playoff goal, and his first of 2012, on a wrist shot that beat goalie Jimmy Howard high (video below) on a broken defensive play by the Wings.

Despite the home loss and unfortunate sting of going down 2-1 in the series, the Red Wings played a strong game down the stretch and controlled the puck arguably as well as they have all season. Detroit nearly doubled Nashville's shot attempts, 43-22, and will need to keep peppering shots at the net in order to get the best of Rinne in the next couple games.

The two teams will suit up for Game 4 of the series on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.

For more on the Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. For more on the Predators, check out On The Forecheck. For more coverage of the 2012 NHL Playoffs, head over to SB Nation's NHL hub.


Red Wings Vs. Predators, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 2: Detroit Exacts Revenge In 3-2 Win

The Detroit Red Wings had a singular purpose on Friday: get even. After losing Wednesday's opener of their first-round playoff series with the Nashville Predators, the Red Wings needed a win, lest they return to Detroit down by two games. A win is exactly what Detroit got, beating the Predators by a final score of 3-2 and tying up the series at 1-1.

Getting even started with an opening bout between Todd Bertuzzi and Shea Weber. Bertuzzi found Weber in the corner and dropped the gloves less than two minutes into the game. Weber entered the night with a target on his back after an ugly incident in which he punched Henrik Zetterberg in the back of the head and then rammed his melon into the glass. In an indictment of the NHL's player discipline system, Weber received only a $2,500 fine.

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Ian White and Cory Emmerton. In the second period, they added another one, as Johan Franzen answered for the Predators' first goal of the game.

The only goal in the third period came from Weber, of all players, when he backhanded the puck into the net with five minutes left to play.

The real star of the night was goalie Jimmy Howard, who helped the Red Wings kill off six Nashville power plays. Howard turned away 24 of 26 shots, including 21 over the final two periods.

On Sunday, the best-of-seven series returns to the Motor City for Game 3.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. For more on the Nashville Predators, check out On The Forecheck. For more on the NHL as the playoffs continue, check the SB Nation NHL hub.


NHL Playoffs 2012: Predators' Shea Weber Fined $2,500 For Henrik Zetterberg Hit, No Suspension

It looks like Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators will have to pay for his actions on Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings. Weber has been fined by the NHL $2,500 for grabbing Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg and slamming his head into the glass. The $2,500 is the maximum allowed as per the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, but at the same time, it does seem a little low given the fact that intent is unquestionable here.

Rather, the lack of a suspension of any sort is the curious part. A total of 46 games were missed due to players suspended during the regular season and preseason for "illegal hits to the head." That's not including 71 games missed for things like boarding, charging and checking from behind - which can often result in hitting one's head. Another note: it also doesn't include multiple games missed due to players suspended for head-butting.

Then you have the fact that the hit to the head fines are much lower than, say, fines you can get for questioning the NHL, yelling at officials or being "insensitive." At any rate, Weber has been fined and Zetterberg is likely good-to-go for game two, so in the end, minimal harm was actually done.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.


Darren Helm Injury: Red Wings Center To Miss Remainder Of NHL Playoffs

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday that center Darren Helm had successful surgery to repair lacerated tendons in his right forearm, following a nasty cut from a skate in the first period against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday. Helm was cut was cut badly in a collision and immediate skated quickly to the bench, tossing off his glove, and did not return to the game, which ended in a 3-2 loss for Detroit.

You can see how it happened here, courtesy of Travis Hughes of SB Nation.

Helm is expected to make a full recovery, but the team also announced that he would be out for the remainder of the playoffs, regardless of how far the team happens to make it. The injury is worse for Helm as it was his first game back since suffering an MCL sprain against the San Jose Sharks in the regular season that made him miss a handful of games. He was only on the ice for 3:08 against the Predators on Wednesday night.

It's going to hurt the Red Wings, who are now behind in the series and without the solid depth that Helm provided. Still, they've got back to being healthy in most areas, which is a relief given how injury plagued they were over the second half of the regular season.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.


NHL Playoffs 2012, Red Wings Vs. Predators Final: Detroit Thwarted By Nashville In Game 1

After decades of dominance that afforded them a primrose path through the postseason, the Detroit Red Wings found out how exceedingly difficult it is to open a playoff series away from home on Wednesday and fell to the Nashville Predators 3-2 in a tight game.

The night marked the return of Red Wings forward Darren Helm, who was expected to provide a major boost to both Detroit's power play and penalty killing units after missing time with a knee injury. But a freak injury that saw an errant skate slash Helm's wrist ended his evening after just 3:08 on the ice, and he was immediately transported to a nearby medical center for tests. He might miss a significant amount of time.

A Tomas Holmstrom goal with 2:07 remaining in the final period gave the Red Wings plenty of hope by making it a one-goal game, but Detroit could not beat a top-form Pekka Rinne despite having the puck in the zone with a man advantage for essentially the entire final minute.

The two least penalized teams in the NHL during the regular season combined to commit a whopping 15 penalties throughout this game and routinely allowed their opponent a man advantage.

The series will pick back up again on Friday at Bridgestone Arena for Game 2, a game that Detroit will desperately need to win to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole.

For more on the Red Wings, head over to Winging It In Motown. For more on the Predators, check out On The Forecheck. And for more 2012 NHL Playoffs coverage, be sure to check out SB Nation's NHL hub.


NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: Detroit Red Wings Vs. Nashville Predators

The 2012 NHL playoff schedule was just announced by the league. We now know that the first-round series in the Western Conference between the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators will start on Wednesday, as rumors previously suggested. Game 2 of the series will take place on Friday before the series shifts to Detroit for the third and fourth games on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively. If necessary, Game 5 will be held on April 20, while Game 6 will be on April 22 and Game 7 is scheduled for April 24.

Here's a look at the full schedule (all times Eastern):

Game 1: Red Wings at Predators - Wednesday, April 11, 8 p.m. (FS Detroit, CNBC, CBC)

Game 2: Red Wings at Predators - Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. (FS Detroit, CNBC, CBC)

Game 3: Predators at Red Wings - Sunday, April 15, 12 p.m. (NBC, CBC)

Game 4: Predators at Red Wings - Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. (FS Detroit, NBC Sports Network, CBC)

*Game 5: Red Wings at Predators - Friday, April 20, 8 p.m. (FS Detroit, CNBC, CBC)

*Game 6: Predators at Red Wings - Sunday, April 22, TBD

*Game 7: Red Wings at Predators - Tuesday, April 24, TBD

*If necessary

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Red Wings Will Meet Predators In Round 1

The Detroit Red Wings came back from a 2-0 deficit on Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Blackhawks to force overtime. The Red Wings went on to lose in a shootout, meaning they finished the regular season with 102 points. The shootout loss also means that the Red Wings clinched the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, matching them up with the Nashville Predators in the first round of the 2012 NHL playoffs.

Had the Red Wings won Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, they would have needed a loss later in the day by the Predators to clinch home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Had Detroit simply lost in regulation, the Red Wings would be heading west to take on the champion of the Pacific Division. That would have provided a better matchup, but at least this way the Red Wings don't have to travel quite as much.

Here's a look at the top eight of the current NHL standings (only the Red Wings and Blackhawks have completed the regular season):

1. Vancouver Canucks (109 points)
2. St. Louis Blues (107)
3. Phoenix Coyotes (95)
4. Nashville Predators (102)
5. Detroit Red Wings (102)
6. Chicago Blackhawks (101)
7. Los Angeles Kings (94)
8. San Jose Sharks (94)

The Red Wings will play in Nashville for the first two games of the playoffs. The series will then shift to Detroit for Game 3 and Game 4. If necessary, Game 6 will be played in Detroit and Game 5 and Game 7 will be in Nashville.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. For more on the NHL's playoff race and more, head over to the SB Nation NHL hub.

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