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Nashville Predators 3, Detroit Red Wings 5: The Struggle Continues

Petr Mrazek made 30 saves as the Predators lose their third game of the season.

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The Predators, who lost Ryan Johansen and Craig Smith to illness in the middle of the game, dropped to 1-3-0 on the season after losing to the Red Wings by a score of 5-3 on Friday night.

The Predators had a similar start in this one as they did against Dallas on Tuesday. Not much offense and shaky defense in front of Rinne. However, also like Tuesday, Pekka was on it early. He made 15 saves in the 1st period to keep it a scoreless game.

The Red Wings got on board first in the 2nd period, after Justin Abdelkader’s goal was challenged and upheld. Laviolette thought Abdelkader interfered with Rinne. I agreed with him, but the refs did not. Soon after that, we learned that Ryan Johansen and Craig Smith headed to the locker room in the middle of the period. Things were looking grim.

Things changed quickly though, as the Red Wings gifted the Preds with a 5-on-3 power play. With their power play engines on full thrust, the Preds took a 2-1 lead on goals by P.K. Subban and Mike Ribeiro. Before the 2nd period would close, Drew Miller tied things up with a nice snipe by Pekka Rinne to make it a 2-2 game going into the 3rd.

The 3rd period proved the difference in this one. The Wings got goals from Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist to make it 4-2. The Preds, with a significantly shortened bench, couldn’t muster a comeback. Even though Mike Fisher scored to make it a 4-3 game, Darren Helm’s empty netter made it a 5-3 final.

Defensive turnovers, injury problems, no support for Pekka Rinne, and an inconsistent offense led to a poor result for the Predators in this one. The Predators generated all of their offense on the power play, which is not a really good way to win hockey games.

They will try to right the ship against the Penguins tomorrow night in Nashville.

Random Observations

  • The forward lines look more like last year’s: Joey with Neal and Jarnkrok, Forsberg with Ribs and Smith, Fisher with Wilson and Arvy. The 4th line has Sissons with Bass and Fiala.
  • The Wings came out shooting, but Rinne came out saving. Detroit dominated the game early, but the score remained 0-0 because of #35.
  • The Red Wings play by play guy pronounces Subban like it rhymes with “the van”... Suh-ban. It’s really annoying.
  • Forsberg gets a penalty in the 2nd and the Red Wings capitalize with a goal. Laviolette challenged the goal, thinking Abdelkader interfered with Rinne (which he most definitely did), but the refs say the call stands. Baloney goal gives the Red Wings the lead.
  • Kevin Fiala had his best chance of the season. He had a wide open net, but it got blocked. Ooof.
  • Predators are climbing uphill. Again.
  • And now Smitty and Joey are in the locker room. Don’t know why just yet.
  • POWER PLAYS = GOALS. Subban gets the first to tie the game, then Ribeiro gets a layup to put the Preds up 2-1. In a span of 18 seconds, the Predators have the lead. Wow.
  • Drew Miller ties it up with less than a minute to go in the 2nd period. Tough angle shot, really not sure how Rinne didn’t have that. What a game we have here.
  • Tatar with another laser that beats Rinne stick side, early in the 3rd period. Preds need to stage a comeback here in the final frame now.
  • It’s now been announced that Joey and Smith both have the flu. So no matter what the outcome here, it’s great to know there isn’t a real injury concern here.
  • Forsberg has been bad, bad this game. Took a bad penalty earlier and just now turned the puck over that led to a Gustav Nyquist goal. It’s now 4-2 Red Wings. Fat lady is warming up.
  • YUUUUUUUUUCK. (Get well soon Joey and Smitty)

OTF’s Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Pekka Rinne: If Rinne doesn’t play well, this game would have been U-G-L-Y. He had 38 saves in this one.
  2. Roman Josi: 2 assists and wasn’t terrible on defense.
  3. Mike Fisher: a late goal and had 4 shots on offense. Had to play some tough minutes tonight.

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