The Previous Series Against The Predators
The last time the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators play each other was on February 13th and February 11th. The Predators won the first game 3-2 and the Red Wings won the second game 4-2 to split the series. The Red Wings outshot the Predators in both games but were struggling to score on Pekka Rinne in game 1. In the second game the Wings scored three goals on Rinne which forced Nashville to start Juuse Saros in the third. In order for the Wings to have chance tonight they will need to use the same game plan and get as many shots on net as possible.
Bottom of the Central Divison
The Red Wings sit 8th in the central division while the Predators currently occupy 7th. The Red Wings have played three more games than Nashville and have one less point in the standings. Both teams are coming off of a win in there weekend series’ and are going to continue pushing to try and gain some traction in the standings. Both of these teams sit in the bottom third of the NHL in terms of goals per game, and goals against per game making it the most even matchup the Wings will get all season.
The Red Wings are without Tyler Bertuzzi who is still on the IR (missed the last series vs the Predators). Vladislav Namestikov and Troy Stetcher were recently listed as day-to-day and are uncertain for tonight’s game. The Nashville Predators big name out is Mattias Ekholm who missed the previous series against the Red Wings. Ryan Johansen was activated from IR Tuesday and is expected to play his first game since February 4th.
Players to Watch
My player to watch for tonight is Filip Forsberg. Forsberg currently leads the Predators with eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 17 games played. He had two goals and two assists in his previous four games. One goal and two of those assists were scored against the Wings in the previous series. Forsberg has a knack for putting finding open space and creating plays. The Red Wings will need to find a way to shut him down tonight to prevent the Predators from gaining any momentum.
My player to watch for the Wings tonight is Robby Fabbri. Fabbri has four goals and three assists for seven points in 12 games played this season. In his last two games against the Predators, Fabbri scored two goals and added one assist. Fabbri will need to transfer his offensive production from last series to this one for the Wings to win tonight.
This game could go either way tonight. It is a battle between two underperforming teams who have something to prove to themselves. The Red Wings frustrations the last couple seasons are evident in their teams body language. Detroit does not need to win all their games, nor are they expected to but in matchups against struggling teams like the Predators they will need to find a way to win to prevent the locker room from falling apart. Expect tonight’s game to be a chaotic scramble for both teams to find a way to get their offense’s finally scoring more than one or two goals.
The game will be available to watch on FS-TN or FS-DET+. Puck drop is set for 7:30pm EST.