The Detroit Red Wings got just what they wanted in the first two games of their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Nashville Predators – a split on the road. The Red Wings did it the hard way, rebounding to win Game 2 in Nashville after dropping the opener to seize home-ice advantage in the series. The Predators will have to find a way to win in Detroit, something they have done only 11 times in the last 40 attempts (11-27-2).
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When: 12:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 15, 2012
Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
TV: 12 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC
Nashville Predators: Nashville could not recover from falling into an early 2-0 hole Friday, and one of the main reasons was the ineptitude of its power play. The Predators ranked No. 1 in the league with the man advantage during the regular season, but they were 0 for 6 Friday and have been stymied on 12 power-play chances in the series. Nashville played an overall better game Friday, limiting the Red Wings to only 17 shots – the second-fewest allowed in franchise postseason history. The Predators also outshot Detroit for only the second time in 14 postseason meetings between the teams, but Pekka Rinne surrendered three goals on the first 10 shots.
Detroit Red Wings: Detroit players were quick to credit Todd Bertuzzi for providing an emotional spark in the opening minutes by trading punches with Shea Weber, who had slammed Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass at the end of Game 1. “The crowd got going. We got going,” Zetterberg said. “You get fired up. You get a little momentum.” Getting goals from unexpected sources such as defenseman Ian White and Cory Emmerton stoked that momentum. Emmerton had not scored in the final 27 regular-season games while White tallied once in the last 34 contests. Jimmy Howard made 26 saves for his first regulation victory since March 2.
1. Detroit is riding a string of 37 consecutive penalties killed.
2. The Red Wings had the most home wins in the league (31), but Nashville was second in the Western Conference with 22 road victories and won in Detroit on March 30.
3. Detroit’s Johan Franzen was credited with his 34th playoff goal since 2008. Only Zetterberg (35) has more in that span.
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