#4 Nashville Predators vs #5 Detroit Red Wings
There is so much riding on this first round matchup for the Nashville Predators. They need to convince free agent defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter that this team can contend and win a Stanley Cup in the future. But keep in mind, Weber and Suter will need to play the best that they can play in order to win as well.
Goalie Pekka Rinne will need to dominate in the series if they wan’t to slow down this very playoff experienced Detroit Red Wings team. Rinne was the only goalie to play in over 70 games this year, and his season-low .902 save percentage in March shows Rinne is fatigued. Which could carry into the playoffs.
My opinion, Weber and Suter don’t want to be in Nashville anymore and will not be seeing a second round appearance. Getting Radulov back into the lineup and having the Kostitsyn brothers together is a big plus though offensively.
As for the Red Wings, will Jimmy Howard get back to his season form and dominate in the playoffs? I never believed in Howard, he has proven me wrong this season. But that’s the regular season, not the playoffs. I’ve always said he is not the answer to Detroit winning another Stanley Cup.
Expect a lot of high scoring games in this series with the Red Wings advancing.
SERIES PREDICTION: Detroit Red Wings to win the series in 7 games.
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