February 23, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula (51) and Nashville Predators defenseman Kevin Klein (8) battle for the puck in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Red Wings @ Nashville - Win or Die

Coming off a loss in a shootout to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Red Wings are still holding onto eighth place in the West, two points ahead of Dallas. However, the Stars have a game at hand and have won their last five in a row.

Nashville is pretty much out of playoff contention, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be any less deadly tonight when they take on the Red Wings, who desperately need both points from this game.

According to Puck Daddy’s analysis, the Red Wings have a 55.3% chance of making the playoffs. The only team on their tail is Dallas, with Phoenix just behind them. If the Red Wings don’t kick it into gear somehow and win a game or two in a row, this is going to be the longest two weeks of our lives.

Because it’s going to get a lot uglier than it already is.

Projected Line-up


Johan Franzen – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson  Damien Brunner

Drew Miller  Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves


Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith Carlo Colaiacovo 

Jakub Kindl  Danny DeKeyser


Jimmy Howard

With Franzen and Emmerton getting the Red Wings’ goals on Friday night against Chicago, look for them to be rearing up on the offense. Franzen likes to go on streaks, and now would be the perfect time to get hot – both for the playoffs and the rush to the playoffs.

Look for Howard to be as revved up as ever after the disappointing loss on Friday. And maybe keep a lookout for someone to Kronwall Quincey. Hey, you never know!

Prediction: The Red Wings will finally hit that desperation point. 4-2 Red Wings win.

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