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The Unlikely Player Plays A Role In This Series

PK for GM.

from David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper,

The game-breakers ought to be obvious.

The Western Conference quarterfinal series between the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings, which begins Wednesday (7 p.m., Bridgestone Arena, SportSouth), will be a showcase for plenty of top-end talent.

Suter. Weber. Radulov. Rinne. Datsyuk. Zetterberg. Lidstrom. Bertuzzi.

There’s a good chance, though, that the game-changers are not among that group.

“Really, to have any success in any round you need to have your best players be the best players and you need everyone else to step up,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. “Last year our best players were our best players and the other guys stepped up — role players stepped up.

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For some reason the writer decided to include Bertuzzi instead of Franzen but let’s move past that and decide which of the secondary players need to step up for the Wings in this series.

I think a very nice surprise would be a couple of goals from Miller.  It seems if he pops one in, he gets on a roll and a few more follow.  Of course, a healthy Helm would be helpful too.

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I think it would be great to see Nyquist get some time and to come up big. We’ll see what Babcock desides to do though… put Nyquist in there or let Cleary heat up his knee with some bone on bone friction.

Could we see another legendary 1 man Kill by Helm? Please? kthx.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 04/11/12 at 02:02 PM ET

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Hudler. He had a terrible playoff season last year.

Double that for Abdelkader.

Posted by AZWinger from Phoenix, AZ on 04/11/12 at 02:04 PM ET

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If Huds gets it going (nothing spetacular, just what he’s been doing lately), and Mule doesnt shove his head in a hole, this series is not gonna be close

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 04/11/12 at 03:02 PM ET

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