The Predators and Red Wings faced off in Detroit in the first of their two meetings this season. Austin Watson and Luke Witkowski dropped the gloves very shortly after puck drop and each took a seat in the box.
After the Predators struggled to even take a shot on net, P.K. Subban opened the scoring for Nashville with 2:24 remaining in the first period. With a little over a minute left, Viktor Arvidsson and Jonathan Ericsson were sent to the penalty box. Neither team was able to capitalize while 4-on-4.
Craig Smith gave the Predators a two goal lead at 3:01 of the second period on a rebound in front of Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. A few minutes later, Andreas Athanasiou flipped in a puck over the shoulder of Pekka Rinne to get the Red Wings on the board. Dennis Cholowski was whistled for a trip on Rocco Grimaldi with 12:29 remaining in the second period for Nashville’s first power play of the evening. The Predators, predictably, were unable to convert on the power play.
Thomas Vanek tallied the equalizer with 6:25 left in the second period. The Red Wings pushed the momentum for most of the second and were rewarded. The Predators tried to answer with a third goal from Anthony Bitetto with a little over 5 minutes left in the period. The Red Wings were able to successfully challenge for goaltender interference and the goal was overturned.
Dan Hamhuis was sent to the penalty box for a delay of game. Vanek was whistled for interference right before the Wings’ power play expired, resulting in 14 seconds of 4-on-4 play before a Nashville man-advantage.
With the teams entering the third period tied at 2, the game was up for grabs. The Red Wings largely controlled play in the third and the Predators were left scrambling to clear the puck away from Rinne. With 8 minutes remaining in the third, Subban failed to clear the puck out of the Nashville zone and Tyler Bertuzzi put the Wings up by a goal.
Viktor Arvidsson drew a penalty with about 6 minutes left in the third period to put the Predators on the power play for the third time. Predictably, Nashville was unable to convert. After some grinding, Ryan Johansen was able to tie the game with Rinne on the bench.
Johansen was found guilty of a penalty in the OT frame and the Red Wings skated with an extra man for 2 minutes. The Predators were able to kill the OT penalty, but Dylan Larkin stole the victory for the Red Wings with a slick backhander over Rinne’s shoulder.
- Phillip Di Guiseppe makes his debut for the Nashville Predators wearing #16.
- Austin Watson and Luke Witkowski dropped the gloves less than two minutes into the game. Ok then.
- Thomas Vanek becomes the first Austrian-born NHLer to play 1,000 games. Awesome accomplishment.
- Pekka Rinne doing Pekka Rinne things.
- Can y'all...I don’t know...shoot the puck? At Jimmy Howard?
- P.K. Subban opens the scoring with a wrister! He’s assisted by Mattias Ekholm and none other than Rocco Grimaldi.
- Phillip Di Giuseppe has materialized on the first line in the place of Ryan Hartman.
- Di Giuseppe = PDG.
- Craig-nog season isn’t over! 2-0 Nashville.
- Wow, Andreas Athanasiou is really fast.
- Miikka Salomaki to the locker room after a huge hit by Witkowski.
- Pekka Rinne just made a toe save but was looking the other way. Typical Pekka things.
- Thomas Vanek scores in his 1,000th NHL game. The equalizer.
- Tony B with a goal! That’s his first of the season.
- The Wings challenge goaltender interference and the goal is overturned. OKAY.
- What even is goaltender interference?
- Pekka Rinne is this team’s MVP.
- The Predators are a tire fire in their own zone tonight.
- Well, that was inevitable.
- JOEY! That’s what happens when you shoot the puck!
- Point acquired! Time for bonus hockey.
- My dog is trying to soothe me because I’ve been screaming at the TV for 10 minutes.
- The Preds kill an OT penalty!!!!!!
- Dylan Larkin ends it for the Red Wings. The Predators continue to play like a mediocre team on the road.
Super Duper Stars of the Game
- P.K. Subban: He scored his third goal of the season tonight...much overdue.
- Pekka Rinne: This game would have been 83-2 had Rinne not played a stellar game.
- Ryan Johansen: He added a nifty tying goal to take the game into overtime.
Tweets of the Night
Phillip Di Giuseppe will make his #Preds debut tonight wearing No. 16, the 10th player in franchise history to sport the number.— Nashville Preds PR (@PredsPR) January 5, 2019
Predators have zero shots on goal almost halfway through the first period. Not a sound strategy.— Paul Skrbina (@PaulSkrbina) January 5, 2019
Can has shot on goal?— Marya (@_marya_k) January 5, 2019
Anthony Bitetto and Dan Hamhuis appear to have a staggering +0/-14 in shots, in over nine and a half minutes each. That’s, uh, that’s not good.— Kate (@statswithkate) January 5, 2019