On Friday night, the Preds defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 to take their Western Conference Quarterfinal Series 4-1.
The major reason for the Red Wings’ early exit this year was the goaltending factor. Pekka Rinne simply outplayed Jimmy Howard.
The Red Wings might have been great a few years ago, but they simply looked slower than their opponent in 2012. It’s no secret. A significant part of the nucleus of their team is old. Niklas Lidstrom is 41. Tomas Holmstrom is 39. Todd Bertuzzi is 37.