Burnside on Friday’s game

January 4, 2006

From ESPN’s Scott Burnside at Around the Rink:

Detroit at Nashville, Friday: So much for anyone who thought the Predators might fade away. When play began this week, the Predators trailed the Red Wings by four points, with a game in hand, for top spot in the Central Division. The Predators’ 51 points ranked third in the West (Los Angeles began the week with 52, but had played four more games than Nashville) and they began the week with the best home record in the conference (16-3). Just to add some drama to Friday’s tilt, the Wings began the week with the best road record in the league (13-4-2).

Iwo: Big, big game for both teams. Interesting that Nashville plays St. Louis tonite. We get the Blues tomorrow night.  In a worst-case scenario (if Nash wins tonite and we lose to the Blues tomorrow and to the Preds Friday) is a tie atop the Central. Best-case (if Nash loses their 4th straight tonite–unlikely–then the Wings win tomorrow and Friday) is a comfortable 8 point lead for the Wings.

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