Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) is defended by Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter (20) in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Predators Vs. Red Wings, Game 1: Nashville Holds Off Detroit, Takes 1-0 Series Lead

The Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators have been nearly inseparable all season, and the two Central Division foes are each at Bridgestone Arena to kick off Game 1 of the postseason.

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Darren Helm Set To Return For Detroit Red Wings In Game 1 Vs. Predators

The Detroit Red Wings will be a bit healthier heading into Game 1 of their playoff series with the Nashville Predators. Head coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday from Bridgestone Arena that forward Darren Helm will be back in the lineup for the Western Conference Quarterfinal series opener.

"He puts everybody else in the right spot," Babcock told the Detroit Free Press. "We had a great bottom six all year long, and then we lost our people. We had no bottom six; we had no support scoring. It's amazing when you put people in the right spot."

Helm hasn't played since March 17 after suffering a knee sprain. He'll likely play alongside Danny Cleary and Drew Miller in Game 1 while also picking up some ample penalty killing time.

Stick with for full coverage of the Red Wings vs. Predators series. For more from the Detroit perspective, check in with SB Nation Detroit and Winging It In Motown.

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