Archive for April 8, 2012
The Nashville Predators will start the Western Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena when they host the Detroit Red Wings for the third time in their seven trips to the post-season.
Both times the Predators met the Red Wings in the playoffs, Nashville lost in six games to the team that had captured the Western Conference title in 2004 and 2008.
“I think everybody is equal right now,” Head Coach Barry Trotz said on Sunday afternoon. “You can go one through eight and ask me who the favorite is and there is none. I can tell you the gap from the last two times we played [Detroit in the playoffs] has narrowed. Going into those series, I think we were serious underdogs the last two times we played them.”
By Seth Lake
Heading into the final game of the regular season, the Nashville Predators sat and watched the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday afternoon to secure the fourth seed in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in their first round matchup with the Red Wings in the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning on Wednesday.
With their playoff seeding and home-ice secured, the Predators took the opportunity to rest regulars Mike Fisher, Martin Erat, Sergei Kostitsyn, Hal Gill, and Francis Bouillon and gave Anders Lindback the start in nets in their final game. Getting contributions from all four forward lines and a goal from Roman Josi on the backend, the Predators used a 34 save performance from Lindback to roll over the Avalanche by a 6-1 final score in the finale. (more…)
The Nashville Predators will play the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. It is the third time the two teams will meet up in Nashville’s young history. This season will be the seventh time Nashville will go to the playoffs in its 13 years in the League.
It is the first time Nashville will be the higher seed against the Red Wings. The series opens up at Nashville on Wednesday night, April 11th.
Here is the official schedule of dates and times from NHL.com:
|Wednesday, April 11, 2012||8 p.m.||Detroit at Nashville||CNBC, CBC|
|Friday, April 13, 2012||7:30 p.m.||Detroit at Nashville||CNBC, CBC|
|Sunday, April 15, 2012||Noon||Nashville at Detroit||NBC, CBC|
|Tuesday, April 17, 2012||7:30 p.m.||Nashville at Detroit||NBC Sports Network, CBC|
|*Friday, April 20, 2012||8 p.m.||Detroit at Nashville||CNBC, CBC|
|*Sunday, April 22, 2012||TBD||Nashville at Detroit||TBD|
|*Tuesday, April 24, 2012||TBD||Detroit at Nashville||TBD|
The Nashville Predators went into Saturday night’s contest knowing they had already secured fourth spot in the Western Conference standings and home ice in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
While the game had no meaning in terms of the standings, the Predators came out strong offensively and beat the Colorado Avalanche by a 6-1 score, despite allowing 45 shots on goal.
Anders Lindback got the start for Nashville and the entire first line of Mike Fisher, Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn were scratches for the Predators. The older players on the blue line, Hal Gill and Francis Bouillon, also got the night off while Jack Hillen and Ryan Ellis returned to the lineup in their place.