The Detroit Red Wings take on the Nashville Predators for the first time this season tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The Red Wings have been on a skid the past few games and while Pavel Datsyuk is back in the line-up, he cannot be counted on to provide all of the Red Wings’ offense. Wings’ Jonas Gustavsson, Mikael Samuelsson, and Jan Mursak have, also, returned from injury. Gustavsson will chart face-offs, Mursak will enjoy the Leino Lounge, and Samuelsson will see time on the second line.
The Predators are heading into tonight’s game on a losing streak as well, which was partially a Lineman’s fault for missing an offsides call. The Predators will be coming into the game looking for retribution for that bad break and manufacture luck of their own.
Depending on Pavel Datsyuk‘s health he will either center the second line or play wing on the fist line.
Jordin Tootoo returns to Nashville as a Red Wing, expect him to start the game, but don’t expect him to fight right after the puck drop.
Jimmy Howard will have a chance to redeem himself tonight. In his last two game he has been horrendous; people can chalk it up to fatigue or bad defensive play, but regardless he need to be much better tonight.
Prediction: Red Wings stop the skid and turn the Predators into prey as Jimmy Howard and Pavel Datsyuk take dominate the play. Wings win 3-1.