Predators set to meet Red Wings

Posted on April 8, 2012

Predators set to meet Red Wings The Nashville Predators have a date with the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

For the first time in franchise history the Predators, fourth overall in the Western Conference, finished ahead of the Red Wings, fifth overall, and will have home ice advantage.

"Can't wait to start," said Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who finished the regular season with a 43-18-8 record.

The Predators had a 3-3-0 record against the Red Wings, but most importantly won the last two games of the series, including an impressive 4-1 win at Joe Louis Arena.

In comparison to the Red Wings rich playoff history the Predators are fairly inexperienced with just eight trips to the post-season, however this will be the third time they face the Red Wings in the playoffs and one can only hope the third time's a charm.

Both previous series, 2004 and 2008, went to six games, but on both occasions the Red Wings had home ice advantage.

The Predators are counting on fans at Bridgestone Arena to be the sixth man.

"They're a solid team and obviously a big rival," said Brandon Yip.

In preparation for the upcoming playoff series the Predators gave forwards Sergei Kostitsyn, Martin Erat and Mike Fisher the night off in their final regular season game against the Avalanche.

The series gets underway with Games 1 and 3 Wednesday and Friday respectively.