NHL Playoffs Series Predictions: Detroit Red Wings vs Nashville Predators
Tonight the Nashville Predators host the Detroit Red Wings in the first game of their NHL Playoff Series. BetDSI Sportsbook current live lines have the Nasville as -130 favorites over the +110 Red Wings in tonights matchup, with the series winner odds even at -110 a piece. The Predators have been the playoffs seven times in their history and in three of them they faced off against the Red Wings and lost, this time however will be the first one with home ice advantage.
The Nashville Predators made some late season moves with adding center Paul Gaustad and scorer Andrei Kostitsyn before the trade deadline. After the deadline they picked up scoring wing Alexander Radulov who had abandoned his contract with the Predators to play in native country Russia for four season. Radulov has shown big play ability with three goals, four assists, and a shootout winner in just nine regular season games. Nashville’s top line is a potent one with center Mike Fisher who hit 20 goals for a fifth time, wing Sergei Kostitsyn who had a second straight 40 point season, and Martin Erat who is the Predators point leader.
The Predators also have one of the leagues best defensemen duo with All-Stars Ryan Suter and Shea Weber a finalist for the Norris Trophy and tied the league lead for goals by a defensemen with 19. Those two are regularly on the ice about half the game against the top lines finishing in the top five in the NHL in time on ice per game during the regular season. They will also have the luxury of having Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne between the pipes.
The Detroit Red Wings’s first two lines have been solid coming into the playoffs the first includes Henrik Zetterberg at center flanked by Valtteri Flippula, and Jiri Hudler. The second line has Pavel Datsyuk, with Todd Bertuzzi, and Johan Franzen as the wings. The defense will be much better with the legend Nicklas Lindstrom back in the lineup after a deep bone bruise to the ankle. He is limited but will still be a great presence to the lineup that struggled without him. They have a few good defensemen they like to mix with Lindstrom including Ian White, and Niklas Kronwall who had 15 goals in one of his best offensive seasons.
The Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is as good as anyone when he is not hurt. Howard played in his first All-Star game this year and at one point was on pace to set an NHL record for wins in a season. Detroit hopes Howard stays strong during the playoffs because they are currently thin at goalie with back up Joey MacDonald out with a slightly bulging disc in his back. Ty Conklin will be the second goalie and he has struggled when Howard was down.
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