Music City may be the place to be on Friday night, the hometown Predators have the opportunity to send the Detroit Red Wings off into their vacation plans, such is the possible result from the Preds strong play thus far in the first round.
With spectacular goal tending from Pekka Rinne, the Preds have left the Red Wings frustrated on the ice and clearly have found their way into the heads of the Wings off of it. The series which has been framed by Shea Weber's post first game smack around of Henrik Zetterberg, has provided some stellar hockey as well, sometimes lost in the haze of all the extra curricular activity of this early playoff season.
Still, for all the silliness that has surrounded the playoffs, the Red Wings and Predators have put on quite a show for fans of the game, Rinne for the most part the key difference between the teams.
His exploits have almost gained as much media attention in Detroit as have the struggles of the home team, such is the nature of his play which has made Rinne the key anchor to the Predators hopes for a lengthy Stanley Cup run.
Nashville can take that first step to go deep into the playoffs with a victory on home ice on Friday, there's a very good chance that the hurting' songs will be playing for the Red Wings by the time Friday turns to Saturday, the Preds have been that good and the Red Wings haven't been able to provide the answers.
As Toby Keith might put it, Nashville grab a red solo cup, prepare to party!
Game Five-- Detroit 1 at Nashville 2
Nashville wins the series 4 games to 1
Previews and Reviews
Detroit Free Press-- Red Wings' Babcock says Predators forwards the difference in series
Detroit Free Press-- Predators' youth the difference; now Red Wings must retool
Detroit Free Press-- Playoff goal drought was a carryover for Red Wings
Detroit Free Press-- Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist developing, showing potential
Detroit Free Press-- Nashville 2, Detroit 1: Early exit sounds sad note for aged Red Wings in Music City
Detroit Free Press-- Summer comes early again for Red Wings
Detroit News-- Red Wings have no answers, only questions
Detroit News-- Wings never got mojo back after late-season injuries
Detroit News-- Wings' offense vanishes in postseason
Detroit News-- Series win special for Predators
Detroit News-- Predators end Red Wings' season; uncertainty begins
The Tennessean-- Predators deliver clear message vs. Detroit Red Wings
The Tennessean-- Predators beat Red Wings, advance to second round
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne lets his numbers do the talking
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators' Alexander Radulov finds goal... and his groove
The Tennessean-- Predators put tickets on sale for second-round games
National Post-- Predators strike first and last to eliminate Red Wings in Game 5
National Post-- Should Red Wings rebuild or retool?
Detroit Free Press-- Mike Babcock maintains that Red Wings are getting good shots
Detroit Free Press-- Goal for Red Wings is to keep peppering Pekka Rinne
Detroit Free Press-- Mike Babcock: I'd be shocked if Nicklas Lidstrom retires
Detroit Free Press-- Red Wings' Jimmy Howard expects to improve in Game 5
Detroit Free Press-- Red Wings have experience, but can they solve Pekka Rinne?
Detroit News-- Red Wings search for a goal scorer
Detroit News-- Mike Babcock disputes perception Wings are too far from net
Detroit News-- Wings confident they can rally from big series deficit again
Detroit News-- Red Wings almost out of time, and upheaval looms
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators brace for 'desperate' Detroit Red Wings
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators put priority on puck possession
The Tennessean-- Nashville Predators' Gabriel Bourque delivers in playoffs
The Tennessean-- With Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, the puck stops here
Globe and Mail-- Red Wings face earliest playoff elimination since 2006 on Friday
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