Saturday, November 08, 2003

GameDay: vs. Nashville (4-8-1-0), 7:30

Tonight is the second of six meetings between these two teams this season. The Predators won the last game 5-3 in Nashville on October 30. The game was marked by poor officiating in favor of the Predators and with nine fights, which were mostly the Wings letting out frustration as a result of that poor officiating. However, don't necessarily expect another fight-filled game tonight. Darren McCarty said yesterday "I've played in games where it carried over. And I've played in games where you're at church the next time; everybody got it out of their system." Brendan Shanahan says the latter is the plan. "I expect that we go out and try to get a win. Whatever happens, happens. What happened last week with us and them had more to do with us and the referees than them." I hope what "happens" is a win because they need it. The Wings are 5-0-2 against Nashville at home since the Predators' only win at the Joe back in 2000. The Wings are 11-1-2 all time at home vs. the Preds. The Wings won their last game 3-0 in Calgary while the Predators are winless in November. Dominik Hasek is probable for tonight and Mathieu Dandenault is questionable. Jason Williams is out with a sore groin and will be replaced by Darryl Bootland, a 22 year old right winger who's supposed to be an agitator.


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