Detroit won 4-2 (Game 1 of 6)

Detroit won 4-2

Game 1: Wednesday, April 7th
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Game 2: Saturday, April 10th
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Game 3: Sunday, April 11th
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Game 4: Tuesday, April 13th
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Game 5: Thursday, April 15th
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Game 6: Saturday, April 17th
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7:00 PM ET, April 7, 2004

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

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NSH 1 0 01
DET 0 0 33

K. Draper (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

T. Holmstrom (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. Hall (Predators - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Nashville at Detroit 7:00 pm EDT

DETROIT (Ticker) -- The Detroit Red Wings are in a similar situation Wednesday when they play Game One of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Nashville Predators.

The Red Wings captured the Presidents' Trophy with 109 points, but are facing a hungry team in the Predators. Last season, Detroit was the second seed and was swept by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Jean-Sebastien Giguere limited the Red Wings to six goals as the Mighty Ducks swept the Red Wings for just their second playoff series win.

Nashville is in the postseason for the first time in its six-year history. The Predators rode the solid play of goaltender Tomas Vokoun and Steve Sullivan, who had nine goals and 21 assists in 24 games after being acquired from Chicago.

Detroit has lost in the quarterfinals in two of the last three years. Six-time Vezina Trophy winner Dominik Hasek led the Wings to the Stanley Cup in 2002 and came out of retirement this season. But Hasek's comeback was short-lived as he suffered a season-ending groin injury in December.

Manny Legace is expected to start in nets for Detroit in Game One as Curtis Joseph is bothered by an ankle injury.


Detroit - Pavel Datsyuk has five goals in his last seven games.

Nashville - Sullivan has 15 assists in his last 18 games.


Detroit - Steve Yzerman has only one goal in his last 17 games.

Nashville - David Legwand has four goals in his last 18 games.

STREAKS: Nashville is 2-11-2-2 all time at Joe Louis Arena.

HISTORY: Nashville won season series, 3-2-0-1


Detroit - Datsyuk, 30 goals; Brett Hull, 43 assists; Hull, 68 points.

Nashville - Scott Walker, 25 goals; Walker, 42 assists; Walker, 67 points.


Detroit - Joseph (ankle); Hasek (groin); Jason Woolley (back).

Nashville - Rem Murray (neck).