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Predatorial Pregame Warmup: November 19, 2013

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Nov 18, 2013



Written by: Patten Fuqua

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Last updated: November 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm

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Nashville Predators (9-9-2) at Detroit Red Wings (9-5-7)
Gametime: 6:30pm CT / 7:30pm ET
Television: FS-Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game

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Injuries

Nashville Predators - Pekka Rinne (hip)

Detroit Red Wings - Stephen Weiss (groin), Daniel Alfredsson (groin - day-to-day)

Projected Goaltending Matchup

Marek Mazanec, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 0.911Sv%, 3.16 GAA

VS

Jimmy Howard, 5-5-6, 1 SO, 0.910Sv%, 2.68 GAA

Keep an eye on...

Nashville Predators -

David Legwand – David Legwand has seen the Red Wings plenty of times in his career – 81 times, in fact. In addition to 67 regular season games, Legwand has played 14 playoff games against Detroit.

The Detroit native has 46 points (18 G – 28 A) in those 81 games. Tuesday night, Legwand rolls into Detroit to face the Red Wings for the 82nd time – equivalent to an entire season played against Detroit – as the Predators leading scorer.

Through 20 games this season, Legwand has 17 points (4 G – 13 A) and is coming off of a two-assist performance against the Blackhawks on Saturday. Over Legwand’s last 10 games, he has five multiple-point performances.

Detroit Red Wings -

Pavel Datsyuk – If Jeff Carter is Nashville’s Darth Vader, then Pavel Datsyuk is Nashville’s Palpatine.

In 61 career games, Datsyuk is the all-time leading scorer against the Predators, registering 68 points (20 G – 48 A). Including playoffs, Datsyuk has played Nashville 78 times and has registered 79 points (24 G – 55 A) with five games of three or more points.

Last season in only four games against the Predators, Datsyuk put up nine points (2 G – 7 A). So far this season, Datsyuk has 22 points (11 G – 11 A) in 21 games.

The absolutely worst part of Pavel Datsyuk is that he not only puts big numbers on the Predators, but he has a tendency to make them look very, very, very silly.

Main Storylines

Nashville Predators -

On Tuesday night, the Predators meet the Red Wings as a non-conference opponent for the first time in their 15 year history.

Nashville has played against Detroit more than any other team in franchise history, facing off against the Red Wings in 85 regular season games plus an additional 17 playoff games for a grand total of 102 meetings between the two teams. Detroit is the only team that the Predators have played more than 100 times in their franchise history.

The Predators have a 32-41-12 regular season record against the Red Wings with a 12-24-7 record at Joe Louis Arena. Including playoffs, Nashville has a 40-50-12 record against Detroit with a 14-30-7 away record.

In 2004, Nashville met the Red Wings for the team’s first ever playoff series – the Red Wings won in six games. The two teams played in the Western Conference Quarterfinals in 2008 with Detroit again winning in six games. Finally in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals, Nashville defeated Detroit in a five game series.

 

Detroit Red Wings -

The Red Wings have registered points in each of their last five games…with just one small problem – they have lost every single one of them.

Detroit is mired in the middle of an absolutely bizarre six-game skid in which they have lost five-straight after regulation expired. In fact, they have lost the last three games in the shootout.

Because the Red Wings are still registering points in their skid, they have not experienced much slippage in the standings, holding steady in third place in the Atlantic Division. However, losing six consecutive games is never, ever a positive result and the Detroit will want to right the ship before they stop getting points with those losses.

Last time out...

On April 25, in the penultimate game of both teams’ seasons, the Red Wings coasted to a 5-2 win at Joe Louis Arena.

Mike Fisher opened scoring for the Predators at 1:46 of the first period, but Valtteri Filppula tied the game at 6:53. Craig Smith then put the Predators back in front on the power play at 12:30, but Johan Franzen tied it up again at 1:01 of the second period.

Patrick Eaves then put in the game-winner at 3:41 of the second period while Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader scored insurance goals.

Jimmy Howard had the win for Detroit, saving 20 of 22 shots, while Chris Mason took the loss for Nashville, allowing 5 goals on 38 shots.

One interesting fact...

On October 21, 1998, the Nashville Predators went into Joe Louis Arena for the very first time in franchise history in just their fifth-ever game. On that night, the Red Wings outshot the Predators 57-15 on their way to a 5-2 victory.

Fifteen years later, that is still the record for the most shots the Predators have ever allowed (although the Sharks later tied it) and for the largest shot margin in franchise history. The 27 shots by Detroit in the second period were also the most Nashville ever allowed in one period (although the Red Wings would later tie that record).

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Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua