It’s a special time in the Motor City, as the Detroit Red Wings begin their drive for a 12th Stanley Cup banner. This weekend, two games will take center stage as the Red Wings attempt to get past the Predators in the first round. The red hot Detroit Tigers finally hit the road as well, and take on the Chicago White Sox. Additionally, the Pistons are in action two times, giving NBA fans some entertainment. A deep weekend with plenty of excitement is promised, so don’t miss a minute of the great hockey action.
Friday, April 13
Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators, Game 2, 7:30 p.m. EST (FSD): The Red Wings try to get even in the series against the Predators, and get a bit of revenge on the scoreboard against Shea Weber, who’s been making a complete fool of himself after slamming Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the boards. The Red Wings should be motivated to square the series for a variety of reasons, but it will be interesting to see on Friday if they are angry and focused following Weber’s dirty antics. It’s not wise to miss game two.
Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons, 8 p.m. EST (FSD+): The Pistons take on the Milwaukee Bucks 30 minutes after the puck drops in Nashville. Unless you’re a hardcore basketball fan or the Red Wings fall behind 5-0, you’d best stay tuned to playoff hockey games. The Pistons did look good in blowing out Charlotte on Thursday night, but then again, everyone has been beating the Bobcats. Watch at your own risk.
Saturday, April 14
Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox, 4:10 p.m. EST (FSD): A light Saturday schedule leaves plenty of room for some afternoon baseball, as the Tigers play their second road game of the year in Chicago. Adam Wilk takes the place of the injured Doug Fister, and will go up against prior Tiger tormentor Gavin Floyd. How will the rookie perform in a tough place to pitch? Will the frightening Tigers’ lineup be able to get some hits off of Floyd?
Sunday, April 15
Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings, Game 3, 12 p.m. EST (NBC): The first home game of the playoffs takes place early Sunday, as the Red Wings will try to take the series lead or climb out of a hole. Against the Predators this season at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings were 2-1, so no matter what happens on Friday night, the series could turn at on a dime once the series shifts back to Detroit. Be sure to watch this one, because as the saying goes, “a series doesn’t truly start until the road team wins.”
Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox, 2:05 p.m. EST (FSD): The series finale in Chicago sees Rick Porcello oppose Chris Sale on the hill. If the Tigers have some misfortune early in the series, it will be important for them to nab the series finale. Porcello was sensational against Tampa Bay, and Sale pitched well for the White Sox in winning his first game of the year. A sneaky good afternoon match up to pair with an afternoon of hockey watching.
Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons 6 p.m. EST (FSD): The Eastern Conference’s best team takes on one of the worst in an uninspiring early evening match up. Perhaps the most dramatic story line surrounding this game is the status of Derrick Rose. Other than that, there’s not much here. The Pistons haven’t beaten the Bulls in a long time, and the way Chicago is playing, it doesn’t look like Sunday will be any prettier on the scoreboard.
Overall weekend rating: 5 Joe Louis Fist Bumps (out of 5): Is there anything better than Red Wings’ playoff hockey? Few people would think so. Additionally, the Tigers take on their south side rivals and try to make an early season statement in the Central Division. That’s enough spice to give a full billing of fist bump excitement. Have a great weekend, and enjoy all the great Detroit sports action.