|59||DETROIT||+120||Ov 5,-110||-105||Ov 5,-110|
|60||NASHVILLE||-140||Un 5,-110||-115||Un 5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-4-0||-1.6||2-4||-1.6||4-1||2.3||30.0||3.2||29.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.3||2-3||-1.3||2-1||2.4||27.6||3.0||31.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||15||40||10||16||13||1||2||438||9.1%||72||10||13.9%||70|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||14||4||5||4||1||1||180||7.8%||26||0||0.0%||23|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||5||5||2||0||0||138||8.7%||22||4||18.2%||21|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||7||20||7||5||7||1||2||198||10.1%||35||2||5.7%||33|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||44||11||19||12||2||1||441||10.0%||65||16||24.6%||72|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||19||4||9||5||1||0||175||10.9%||23||9||39.1%||32|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||2||8||4||1||1||157||9.6%||19||2||10.5%||20|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||23||7||9||5||2||0||202||11.4%||29||12||41.4%||41|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)||1||0||8||7||87.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Road Games)||1||0||8||7||87.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (vs. Division)||1||0||8||7||87.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)||1||0||8||7||87.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)||13||13||381||343||90.0%||0||6-7||-2.4||6-7-0||-2||7-5|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Road Games)||4||4||116||102||87.9%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|JIMMY HOWARD (vs. Division)||6||6||167||146||87.4%||0||2-4||-2.6||2-4-0||-2||5-1|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||132||121||91.7%||0||2-2||-0.3||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|PETR MRAZEK (All Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Road Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (vs. Division)||1||1||27||26||96.3%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-4-0||-2.1||3-4||-2.1||1-5||2.0||25.3||1.9||27.4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.6||2-3||-1.6||1-3||2.2||28.6||2.4||24.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||16||35||14||9||9||3||2||379||9.2%||53||8||15.1%||57|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7||14||6||4||3||1||0||177||7.9%||20||5||25.0%||28|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||2||4||4||1||0||143||7.7%||15||2||13.3%||20|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||11||7||3||1||0||0||107||10.3%||14||4||28.6%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||35||10||13||7||5||4||436||8.0%||58||9||15.5%||54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||13||4||4||2||3||3||192||6.8%||21||2||9.5%||18|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||3||7||1||1||1||121||9.9%||16||1||6.2%||18|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||14||4||5||3||2||2||150||9.3%||15||4||26.7%||20|
|CHRIS MASON (All Games)||3||3||80||71||88.7%||0||1-2||-0.9||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|CHRIS MASON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHRIS MASON (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHRIS MASON (Last 4 Games)||3||3||80||71||88.7%||0||1-2||-0.9||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||14||13||356||334||93.8%||5||6-7||-0.8||6-7-0||0||2-10|
|PEKKA RINNE (Home Games)||7||7||192||182||94.8%||3||3-4||-2.1||3-4-0||-2||1-5|
|PEKKA RINNE (vs. Division)||5||5||150||138||92.0%||1||1-4||-3||1-4-0||-3||2-3|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||4||3||76||74||97.4%||2||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||0-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 3.17, NASHVILLE 3.34|
|1/25/2013||MINNESOTA||5-3||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at CHICAGO||1-2||L||0, +125||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/29/2013||DALLAS||4-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||ST LOUIS||5-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||at COLUMBUS||2-4||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||CALGARY||1-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at ST LOUIS||5-1||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||EDMONTON||2-1||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||P|
|2/13/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||ANAHEIM||2-5||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-3||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||P|
|2/19/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|2/27/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/28/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|1/24/2013||at ST LOUIS||0-3||L||0, +155||L||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/28/2013||at PHOENIX||0-4||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-1||W||0, +135||W||5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-1||W||0, +160||W||5 ov||U|
|2/5/2013||at ST LOUIS||6-1||W||0, +170||W||5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-0||W||0, -105||W||5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||at MINNESOTA||1-2||L||0, +115||L||5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||CHICAGO||0-3||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||SAN JOSE||1-0||W||0, -115||W||5 un||U|
|2/14/2013||PHOENIX||3-0||W||0, -120||W||5 un||U|
|2/16/2013||ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, -140||L||5 un||P|
|2/18/2013||at COLORADO||5-6||L||0, -125||L||5 ev||O|
|2/23/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|2/27/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|3/2/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Nashville 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Mike Babcock, 8th season with Red Wings, 352-154-68; 10th overall, 421-216-19 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Damien Brunner, RW Mikael Samuelsson, RW Jordin Tootoo, G Jonas Gustavsson, D Carlo Colaiacovo.
LOST: D Nicklas Lidstrom, D Brad Stuart, LW Jiri Hudler, LW Tomas Holmstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Brunner. The 26-year-old rookie led the Swiss league with 60 points last season. He might get a lot of chances to produce on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, a teammate overseas during the lockout, and Pavel Datsyuk.
OUTLOOK: Without Lidstrom and Stuart on the blue line, extending the franchise's postseason streak to 22 will be quite a challenge. The Red Wings, though, have a shot to be better offensively and in net with a series of subtle moves after failing to make a splash in the summer when free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter turned down their offers to play together in Minnesota.
LAST SEASON: 48-26-8, 104 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-1 in Western semifinals.
COACH: Barry Trotz, 14th season, all with Predators, 503-424-60.
ADDED: D Scott Hannan, G Chris Mason. Re-signed forwards Mike Fisher, Sergei Kostitsyn, Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad to multi-year deals along with D Hal Gill and Kevin Klein.
LOST: D Ryan Suter, F Jordin Tootoo, D Francis Bouillon, F Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn.
PLAYER TO WATCH: D Roman Josi. The Predators will start pairing the 22-year-old defenseman with captain Shea Weber trying to replace Suter, who averaged a team-high 26 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time per game last season. Josi averaged 18:23 with the Predators going 34-15-3 with him in the lineup last season and 14-11-5 without him.
OUTLOOK: With Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne now signed through the next six years, the Predators believe that core and youth has them primed to build on consecutive trips to the Western Conference semifinals and get them to the Stanley Cup.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (DETROIT-NASHVILLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Wings-Predators Preview* =============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Detroit (7-6-2) at Nashville (7-3-5), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock isn't making any excuses for his team's recent struggles despite having a banged-up club.
A victory over the team that knocked Detroit out of last season's playoffs likely would relieve some stress, though.
Visiting Detroit faces Central Division rival Nashville for the first time this season looking to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat Tuesday night.
Already needing to replace retirees Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom, the Red Wings have battled multiple injuries and been forced to play six rookies - not including Swiss newcomer Damien Brunner.
Johan Franzen is on injured reserve due to a hip injury, Todd Bertuzzi is nursing a back problem that should keep him out at least another couple of weeks and plenty of others are fighting nagging injuries.
"When we put on our sweaters we have to find a way to win," Babcock told the team's official website. "It doesn't matter who's in, who's out, who's at home. It's the NHL. Let's play."
Detroit (7-6-2), though, has gone 0-2-1 over its last three after falling 3-2 at Minnesota on Sunday. Pavel Datsyuk scored after missing Friday's loss to Anaheim with a sore shoulder, and Mikael Samuelsson returned after sitting out 12 games with a groin injury.
The Red Wings begin a difficult stretch of four games in six days, starting with their visit to Nashville.
"You have to win and get points in this league, otherwise you lose sight of things in a hurry," Babcock said. "Right now, we're taking on water."
The Predators have won six of the last seven meetings, including last season's five-game first-round playoff triumph over Detroit.
Nashville (7-3-5) had gone 6-1-2 over its previous nine before falling 6-5 at Colorado on Monday afternoon. It had a solid offensive performance, though, after entering the contest as the league's lowest-scoring team.
Shea Weber scored for the second straight game after going his first 14 without a goal.
The Predators allowed two goals in 13 seconds in the second period, and the Avalanche also scored what amounted to be the deciding goal when the referees failed to whistle them for offsides on a play the NHL later conceded the officials got wrong.
Coach Barry Trotz tried not to use that as an excuse, though.
"I felt we should have had a point," Trotz said. "Everybody has a bad day. That's part of life, that's part of the game. Certain things are going to happen and you can't control them."
Chris Mason allowed each goal on 18 shots before giving way to Pekka Rinne, who stopped 10 shots and should get the start Tuesday.
After starting the season 0-2-3 with a 2.67 goals-against average, Rinne is 6-1-1 with a 0.97 GAA and three shutouts over his last eight starts. He's 6-1-0 with a 1.72 GAA in his last seven outings versus Detroit, including the 2011-12 playoffs.
Tuesday will mark the return to Nashville for Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo, who had 127 points in eight seasons for the Predators before signing a three-year contract with Detroit this past offseason.
"It's a little different being on (the other) side," Tootoo said. "But this is part of being a professional hockey player. I think there are going to be a lot of mixed emotions out there. It should be interesting and I'm excited."
It's unclear if Nashville center Paul Gaustad, who suffered an upper-body injury in the second period Monday, will be able to play in this contest.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 7:59:32 AM EST|