Nashville Predators Vs. Detroit Red Wings, NHL Playoffs 2012: Complete Series Coverage

The Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators, two familiar Central Division rivals, will do battle in the Conference Quarterfinal round of the 2012 NHL playoffs.

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Shea Weber Escapes Suspension: NHL Needs To Start Practicing What It Preaches

By failing to suspend Shea Weber for his hit on Henrik Zetterberg, the NHL is sending a mixed message when it comes to their season-long crusade against head injuries.

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Shea Weber Fined $2,500, Not Suspended For Hit On Henrik Zetterberg

Shea Weber has been fined $2,500 for his hit on Henrik Zetterberg in the final minute of Game 1 between the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators, the NHL announced Thursday afternoon.

"We felt this was a reckless and reactionary play on which Weber threw a glancing punch and then shoved Zetterberg's head into the glass," said NHL Player Safety chief Brendan Shanahan in a press release. "We reached out to Detroit following the game and were informed that Zetterberg did not suffer an apparent injury and should be in the lineup for Game 2."

GIF: Shea Weber smashes Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass

The fine is the maximum financial punishment allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, but it's rather shocking that Weber didn't see a suspension given the obvious intent of his actions. It's clear that the league feels further discipline is not warranted given the lack of an injury to Zetterberg on the play, but with the recent emphasis on blows to the head, it's a bit curious that Shanahan decided against sitting Weber for even a single game.

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Darren Helm Injury: Arm Surgery To Keep Detroit Red Wings Forward Out For Rest Of Playoffs

Darren Helm will miss the remainder of the 2012 NHL playoffs after successful forearm surgery following his injury in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Detroit Red Wings announced Thursday morning.

Helm was injured in the first period of Wednesday night's game against the Nashville Predators when Alexander Radulov's skate cut Helm's right forearm. He immediately tossed aside his glove and skated to the bench before heading down the locker room tunnel. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Hospital where surgery was performed to fix lacerated tendons in his forearm.

Watch: Darren Helm takes skate to wrist

Helm's expected to make a full recovery, but his loss will be felt in these playoffs. He had missed quite a bit of time at the end of the regular season with an unrelated injury, and his return in Game 1 from that injury had the Wings excited about the depth he could provide. Helm only played about three minutes before suffering the injury to his arm, however.

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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.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012, Predators Vs. Red Wings Preview: Central Division Foes Ready For Blood Bath

The Nashville Predators seem to be primed for a serious run this postseason, but they'll have to go through the highly-experienced Detroit Red Wings to do it. Here's how it may go down.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Nashville Predators Try To Take Another Step Forward

Can the Nashville Predators take another step and make a playoff run deeper than the Western Conference Semifinals? The personnel are certainly there to do so.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Detroit Red Wings Beyond Consistent In Clinching 21st Straight Postseason Berth

The Detroit Red Wings are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 21st straight season. Can they run the gauntlet in the West and advance to the Final for the seventh time in that stretch?

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