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Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings 2012 NHL Predictions

by Scott Burgess on Friday, February 17th, 2012

The Detroit Red Wings go for an unprecedented 22 home wins tonight, Friday Feb 17th, as they host the Nashville Predators who are fully capable of beating the Wings. The Predators have won six of ten meetings against the Wings. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Red Wings as -155 moneyline home favorites over the Predators (+130) with the over/under set at 5.5 goals. Be sure to make your Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings 2012 NHL Predictions before they drop the puck.

Nashville (33-18, 15-11 V) handed the Chicago Blackhawks their ninth consecutive loss, 3-2 on Tuesday night. Ryan Suter scored first, Nick Spaling scored to take the lead and rookie defenceman Ryan Ellis nailed the go ahead goal. Ellis also added an assist for his third multi-point game of the season. Goalie Pekka Rinne finished with 30 saves and is 31-12 with a 2.41GAA and a .924SVPCT. “It was a really tight game between two desperate teams,” Rinne said. “Both teams were ready to go and played well, but we got that big goal at the end from Ellis. We needed this badly.”

Nashville is still just 2-2-2 in February after dropping three straight on the road before winning in Chicago. The Preds are currently three points behind St. Louis for second place in the Central and the fourth seed in the West. Detroit is also eight points in front of Nashville for the division lead.

Detroit (39-17, 24-2 H) beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Tuesday night for their 21st straight win in Detroit — breaking the single-season mark of 20 set by Boston in the 1929-30 season and matched by Philadelphia in 1976. Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Stuart scored midway through the first period and Jiri Hudler nailed one in the third. Goalie Joey MacDonald made 20 saves, filling in again for the injured Jimmy Howard, and was 32.8 seconds away from his third NHL shutout. Detroit has an NHL-high 39 wins and 80 points, but the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers are just a point behind and have played three fewer games.

Henrik Zetterberg suffered a “lower-body injury” on the first shift, according to Coach Mike Babcock. Coach Mike Babcock said the star forward will not play against the Predators Friday, as the Wings look to stay ahead of the Rangers in the NHL and the Canucks and Blues in the Western Conference, and extend their winning streak at home to 22 games. Danny Cleary (55 games, 11 goals, 16 assists) said the cysts on the back of one of his knees were drained for a second time on Tuesday. Although he practiced, he was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 8. Tomas Tatar was recalled from Grand Rapids, where he has 13 goals and 23 assists in 49 games.

Recent Trends to Consider:
Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Detroit.
Predators are 11-32-2 in the last 45 meetings in Detroit.
Predators are 11-1 in their last 12 vs. Central.
Predators are 13-3 in their last 16 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Predators are 13-3 in their last 16 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Red Wings are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Central.
Red Wings are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.
Red Wings are 7-1 in their last 8 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Red Wings are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games.

Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings
When: Friday, Feb 17th@7:30 PM EST
Pick: Wings -155

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