DETROIT – The Wings set an NHL record earlier this season by rolling off 23 consecutive wins on home ice.
They’ll look to extend another streak Sunday afternoon. Detroit has never lost to Nashville in the playoffs at Joe Louis Arena.
“I don’t know if it’s a milestone or it would just be another thing that we have to do, we’re going to do that eventually,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. “The odds are in our favor. We’ve played them twice in two series so far.”
The Wings, who have won the two previous meetings in the playoffs between the teams in six games, are 6-0 all-time in the postseason against the Predators.
“We don’t have any problem going on the road,” said Trotz, whose squad has moved past the first round just once. “We’ve been pretty good on the road. You look at the Western Conference, no one’s winning at home it seems so we’ll take that and run with it.”
Detroit finished with an NHL best 31 wins on home ice this year.
“I mean obviously that’s a tough place to play,” Ryan Suter said. “We have to if we want to win the series. We’re going to have to win a game there. Going into it you’re not looking at it as ‘Oh jeez we’ve never won there. We gotta win.’ But it’s just more the fact that if we play the way we’re capable of playing we have a good chance to win.”