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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 2/23/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NASHVILLE (8-5-0-5, 21 pts.) at DETROIT (7-7-0-3, 17 pts.)
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Saturday, 2/23/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
59NASHVILLE+115Ov 5,+105+115Ov 5,+105
60DETROIT-135Un 5,-125-135Un 5,-125
NASHVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-10-0-1.88-10-1.84-
Team Stats (Road Games)4-5-0+0.44-5+0.42-72.322.42.427.1
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.72-3-1.72-22.829.82.624.4
vs. Division2-4-0-22-4-23-32.522.02.829.8
NASHVILLE Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)183916910424279.1%61914.8%63
Team Stats (Road Games)9218562220210.4%3339.1%29
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514445101499.4%20315.0%24
Team Stats (vs. Division)6159321013211.4%20525.0%28
Stats Against (All Games) 39111310544898.0%62914.5%61
Stats Against (Road Games) 22695212449.0%37718.9%36
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 134531112210.7%1218.3%21
Stats Against (vs. Division) 17555221799.5%17423.5%25
NASHVILLE - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CHRIS MASON (All Games)33807188.7%01-2-0.91-2-0-11-2
CHRIS MASON (Road Games)33807188.7%01-2-0.91-2-0-11-2
CHRIS MASON (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CHRIS MASON (Last 4 Games)33807188.7%01-2-0.91-2-0-11-2
PEKKA RINNE (All Games)161540938393.6%57-8-0.97-8-003-11
PEKKA RINNE (Road Games)7616415292.7%23-3+1.23-3-0+21-5
PEKKA RINNE (vs. Division)6617916491.6%12-4-22-4-0-23-3
PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)43857992.9%01-2-1.41-2-0-11-1

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-10-0-4.47-10-4.49-62.629.23.028.8
Team Stats (Home Games)5-5-0-1.85-5-1.84-52.828.82.829.0
Last 5 Games0-5-0-60-5-63-12.427.23.827.0
vs. Division3-6-0-3.63-6-3.67-22.828.63.327.9
DETROIT Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1745131615124979.1%781012.8%77
Team Stats (Home Games)10288119012889.7%501020.0%49
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512642001368.8%1715.9%20
Team Stats (vs. Division)9251059122579.7%4124.9%40
Stats Against (All Games) 511419153149010.4%741824.3%83
Stats Against (Home Games) 288109112909.7%45817.8%45
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 194762113514.1%17317.6%26
Stats Against (vs. Division) 3010983025112.0%381436.8%52
DETROIT - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)20262388.5%00-000-0-000-0
JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JONAS GUSTAVSSON (vs. Division)20262388.5%00-000-0-000-0
JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)20262388.5%00-000-0-000-0
JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)151541236989.6%06-9-5.26-9-0-58-6
JIMMY HOWARD (Home Games)101028926290.7%05-5-1.85-5-0-24-5
JIMMY HOWARD (vs. Division)8819817286.9%02-6-5.22-6-0-56-2
JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)44927985.9%00-4-50-4-0-53-1
PETR MRAZEK (All Games)22514792.2%01-1+0.71-1-0+11-0
PETR MRAZEK (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
PETR MRAZEK (vs. Division)11272696.3%01-0+1.71-0-0+21-0
PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)22514792.2%01-1+0.71-1-0+11-0
Average power rating of opponents played: NASHVILLE 3.35,  DETROIT 3.09
NASHVILLE - Schedule
1/28/2013at PHOENIX0-4L0, -120L5.5 unU
1/31/2013at LOS ANGELES2-1W0, +135W5 unU
2/2/2013at SAN JOSE2-1W0, +160W5 ovU
2/5/2013at ST LOUIS6-1W0, +170W5 unO
2/7/2013LOS ANGELES3-0W0, -105W5 unU
2/9/2013at MINNESOTA1-2L0, +115L5 unU
2/10/2013CHICAGO0-3L0, +110L5 ovU
2/12/2013SAN JOSE1-0W0, -115W5 unU
2/14/2013PHOENIX3-0W0, -120W5 unU
2/16/2013ANAHEIM2-3L0, -140L5 unP
2/18/2013at COLORADO5-6L0, -125L5 evO
2/19/2013DETROIT4-3W0, -120W5 unO
2/22/2013VANCOUVER0-1L0, -105L5 unU
2/23/2013at DETROIT 
2/27/2013at ANAHEIM 
3/2/2013at SAN JOSE 
3/4/2013at LOS ANGELES 

DETROIT - Schedule
1/27/2013at CHICAGO1-2L0, +125L5.5 ovU
1/29/2013DALLAS4-1W0, -165W5.5 unU
2/1/2013ST LOUIS5-3W0, -105W5.5 unO
2/2/2013at COLUMBUS2-4L0, -135L5.5 unO
2/5/2013CALGARY1-4L0, -150L5.5 unU
2/7/2013at ST LOUIS5-1W0, +170W5.5 unO
2/9/2013EDMONTON2-1W0, -170W5.5 unU
2/10/2013LOS ANGELES3-2W0, +100W5 ovP
2/13/2013ST LOUIS3-4L0, -120L5.5 unO
2/15/2013ANAHEIM2-5L0, -110L5.5 unO
2/17/2013at MINNESOTA2-3L0, +125L5 ovP
2/19/2013at NASHVILLE3-4L0, +100L5 unO
2/21/2013COLUMBUS2-3L0, -170L5.5 unU
2/27/2013at LOS ANGELES 
2/28/2013at SAN JOSE 

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.


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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NASHVILLE-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Predators-Red Wings Preview* =============================


Nashville (8-4-5) at Detroit (7-7-3), 7:00 p.m. EDT

It wasn't long ago that the Detroit Red Wings seemed to be doing just fine without several key contributors from last season's 102-point team.

Lately, though, those absences have become much more glaring.

Mired in a five-game skid and coming off a loss to the worst team in the Western Conference, the Red Wings look to bounce back Saturday night against the Nashville Predators.

Although it preceded a first-round loss to the Predators, the 2011-12 regular season was another successful one for Detroit, which eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight year.

This season, however, brought a good deal of change to the Red Wings, with the retirements of Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom, as well as the free-agent departures of Brad Stuart and Jiri Hudler.

Detroit (7-7-3) appeared capable of maintaining its regular level of success without those players after starting 7-4-1, but a five-game slide has dropped it out of the top eight teams in the West. If the season ended today, the Red Wings would miss the playoffs for the first time since 1989-90.

Thursday's 3-2 loss to Columbus marked the third time in the losing streak that Detroit squandered a two-goal lead.

"When we got up 2-0, we fooled around a little bit," coach Mike Babcock said.

Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula scored in the first 2:40 of the game, but Babcock's team went scoreless on four power-play opportunities and is 1 for 17 during the skid.

"We felt we created chances, had a lot of shots, but we couldn't really find a way to get the puck in there," captain Henrik Zetterberg told the team's official website. "We did a lot of good things today in the PP but it's still not good enough."

The latest loss also included an injury to defenseman Kyle Quincey, who won't play Saturday due to a sprained ankle. That's bad news for a team that has surrendered 19 goals in the last five games.

Jimmy Howard stopped 21 shots Thursday and is 0-2-1 with a 4.08 goals-against average in the losing streak. He started Detroit's 4-3 overtime loss at Nashville on Tuesday, allowing two goals on seven shots before leaving in the first period with blurred vision.

Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in that meeting, giving him seven points in his last five games against the Predators (8-5-5). While Datsyuk had a five-game goal-scoring streak snapped Thursday, Zetterberg's goal drought reached 10 games.

Nashville also is struggling, falling 1-0 to visiting Vancouver on Friday for its third loss in four games. The Predators, who have been shut out a league high-tying four times, managed only five shots each in the second and third period.

"In the end, when we got down and we got a little desperate, we played pretty well, but other than that, we weren't very good tonight," captain Shea Weber said.

The continued lack of offense wasted another strong performance from Pekka Rinne, who has a 1.04 GAA and three shutouts this month. He's also been excellent against the Red Wings lately, going 7-1-0 with a 1.88 GAA in his past eight meetings, including last year's playoffs.

Backup Chris Mason struggled in his last start, yielding six goals on 18 shots before he was pulled in a 6-5 loss at Colorado on Monday.

Martin Erat has been one of the leading culprits in Nashville's offensive woes, tallying three points - all assists - in his last nine contests.

Last Updated: 6/21/2018 3:26:38 PM EST

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