The Nashville Predators are hosting the Detroit Red Wings in the second game of their opening-round 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoff series on Friday night. The Red Wings are attempting to even up the best-of-seven series at one win apiece. Heading into the final period of regulation, Detroit holds a 3-1 lead.
The Predators entered the second period trailing by a score of 2-0, but were finally able to get on the board after about 30 minutes of play. Andrei Kostitsyn found the net at 9:01 to cut the Detroit lead in half, but the Red Wings answered back less than a minute later. Johan Franzen scored on a shot that glanced off the leg of Nashville goalkeeper Pekka Rinne at 9:57 to push the Red Wings lead back to 3-1.
The Predators are taking as many shots on goal as are the Red Wings, but Detroit's Jimmy Howard is being stingy in front of the net. He may end up being the key to a Detroit victory.