The Detroit Red Wings owe a great deal of their success to the perfect human known as Nick Lidstrom and Thursday night, the team retired his number before Detroit’s game against Colorado. The Avalanche did win the game in overtime 3-2, but it was very appropriate for the Wings to retire his jersey on a night where Detroit played a former playoff rival. Here is a trivia fact that Preds fans will still remember years from now: The last team to ever defeat Nick Lidstrom was the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs in 2012. With that happy note, here are Friday’s Predlines Headlines.
- Should the Predators give up the season for Lent? The Predators lost a heartbreaker to the St. Louis Blues Thursday night and it drops their playoff chances to 0.06% according to Sports Club Stats. Trading David Legwand for a pick and a premium prospect was a step in the right direction of rebuilding. If the Preds continue to fall in the standings, there is another chance for a second-straight top five pick. Currently, the Predators are eight points behind in the Wild Card race in the Western Conference.
- New Predators prospect Calle Jarnkrok may have the coolest name in the organization. Jarnkrok in Swedish literally translates to “Iron Hook.” You’re welcome.
- No one should be surprised by this move, but the new captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning is Steven Stamkos. He received the “C” on his first game back with Tampa Bay since his leg injury against Buffalo. The Lightning lost to Buffalo 3-1. - NHL