Predators aim to extend series in Music City
The Nashville Predators will look to stay alive with a win in Game 6 of their Western Conference quarter-final against the Red Wings at the Sommet Center on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, CBC, CBCSports.ca).
Detroit put the Predators on the ropes with 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 on Friday night, using a 54-shot barrage to get the job done.
Johan Franzen scored the winner for the Red Wings, finishing on a breakaway just 1:48 into extra time.
Valtteri Filppula scored a first-period goal for Detroit, while Radek Bonk netted the lone marker for Nashville.
The loss also wasted a spectacular effort by Predators' goaltender Dan Ellis, who made 52 stops.
"One minute, you're on top of the world," Predators head coach Barry Trotz said. "The next minute, you feel real low.
"The biggest disappointment is we wasted that goaltending effort."
Ellis has continued to give his team a chance in this series. The regular-season leader in save percentage (.924) has stopped 198 shots in the first round, allowing 13 goals in five games. The 27-year-old has been even sharper in the past two games, allowing just four goals.
At the other end of the ice, Chris Osgood had a successful start in replacement of the struggling Dominik Hasek on Friday, making 20 saves for the win.
"I can play good getting 16 shots or 40 shots, I don't care," he said. "It doesn't matter to me as long as you win."
Osgood is expected to get his second straight start in the series on Sunday.
Predators road woes continue
The Game 5 loss extended the Predators' playoff losing streak on the road to 10 games, including the last six games in Detroit.
Nashville will need to snap that streak in a seventh game in Detroit in order to advance to the next round, but they'll need to win Game 6 at home first.
The Predators can be somewhat optimistic about their chances to extend the series. The Red Wings have lost four times in Nashville this year, twice in the regular season and twice in the playoffs.
"They're not going to quit, that's one thing we know about Nashville,'' Red Wings forward Daniel Cleary said. "They're going to stay on top of us, especially in their building. They've played well there throughout the series.
"I expect it's going to be a fast, hard-hitting, tight game.''
The Predators should regain a couple of bodies in the elimination game as captain Jason Arnott (sick) and David Legwand (bruised foot) are expected to play.
Arnott was interviewed by Hockey Night In Canada about 90 minutes before the opening faceoff Friday, but the forward was so ill that he remained in the dressing room at the drop of the puck.
"It seems like the flu or food poisoning," Trotz said. "Hopefully, he will be fine and ready to go. Leggy tried to skate before the game. I expect him Sunday."
With files from the Associated Press