Preds welcome old rival Wings for Saturday night duel

by Jackson Walsh

The Nashville Predators continue their homestand Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena. It was the former Western Conference battle that coined the phrase “Predwing” for life-long Detroit fans that became season ticket holders and partial fans of the Preds and culminated in a love-hate relationship between the once dynamic boys from the home of the “Hockeytown” and the team from “Honkey Tonk”. Lest we forget the thrilling five-game playoff series win over the Wings in 2012.

Now days, the Red Wings are over in the East, and we don’t see them much. They sit fifth in the Atlantic right now at 23-24-9, overall an inconsistent and injury ridden team looking to get out there on the trading block. There’s not much else these guys can do in a season that seems short of the postseason.

The Predators are top dogs, but have looked inconsistent at times. Reality sunk in when the team was unable to complete a third period Thursday night in Calgary. Unlike the Flames and Blues though, the Wings are not as high scoring and as sharp defensively as the Predators. This match seems to favor Nashville on both ends of the ice if they don’t continue to play with four men every few minutes.

Photo credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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