|11||NASHVILLE||+175||Ov 5,+100||+190||Ov 5,-115|
|12||DETROIT||-210||Un 5,-120||-230||Un 5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-17-0||-10.6||5-17||-10.6||9-11||2.2||24.7||3.3||28.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.2||1-4||-3.2||4-1||2.4||29.4||4.2||24.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||46||108||36||30||37||5||4||1202||9.0%||135||23||17.0%||185|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||22||49||13||14||20||2||2||544||9.0%||67||7||10.4%||72|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||4||4||0||0||147||8.2%||13||2||15.4%||22|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||16||33||16||7||9||1||1||396||8.3%||37||7||18.9%||61|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||131||41||42||39||9||10||1250||10.5%||134||32||23.9%||220|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||72||20||24||23||5||5||616||11.7%||72||19||26.4%||120|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||21||7||6||7||1||1||122||17.2%||13||5||38.5%||37|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||48||12||16||16||4||5||496||9.7%||38||10||26.3%||77|
|CHRIS MASON (All Games)||9||4||145||123||84.8%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|CHRIS MASON (Road Games)||7||3||118||104||88.1%||0||1-2||-0.9||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|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)||4||1||55||42||76.4%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||43||42||1101||1002||91.0%||8||15-27||-13||15-27-0||-12||17-21|
|PEKKA RINNE (Road Games)||20||19||495||442||89.3%||4||4-15||-9.8||4-15-0||-9||8-9|
|PEKKA RINNE (vs. Division)||16||16||494||451||91.3%||2||3-13||-10.4||3-13-0||-10||7-8|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||88||85.4%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||12-11-0||-2.2||12-11||-2.2||7-13||2.7||29.0||2.4||27.8|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.4||3-2||+0.4||0-5||2.6||32.6||1.2||22.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||46||116||31||41||40||4||6||1372||8.5%||178||33||18.5%||199|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23||63||14||27||22||0||3||668||9.4%||93||22||23.7%||110|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||3||4||6||0||2||163||8.0%||19||4||21.1%||24|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||17||38||11||11||15||1||3||493||7.7%||66||5||7.6%||64|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||113||34||36||35||8||7||1284||8.8%||156||29||18.6%||173|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||55||16||19||16||4||4||639||8.6%||78||13||16.7%||79|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||6||2||1||2||1||1||111||5.4%||14||1||7.1%||7|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||49||14||17||12||6||3||463||10.6%||62||16||25.8%||74|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)||7||4||141||124||87.9%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Home Games)||1||0||12||9||75.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (vs. Division)||4||1||62||53||85.5%||1||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)||4||3||89||76||85.4%||1||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||1-1|
|JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)||40||40||1090||1005||92.2%||4||19-21||-4.8||19-21-0||-4||14-21|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Home Games)||23||23||626||578||92.3%||3||12-11||-2.2||12-11-0||-2||7-13|
|JIMMY HOWARD (vs. Division)||15||15||374||338||90.4%||1||4-11||-9.4||4-11-0||-9||7-6|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||89||84||94.4%||1||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||0-4|
|PETR MRAZEK (All Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|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|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NASHVILLE 3.3, DETROIT 3.21|
|3/30/2013||at COLORADO||0-1||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||U|
|4/1/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +155||L||5 ov||P|
|4/2/2013||COLORADO||3-1||W||0, -170||W||5 ov||U|
|4/4/2013||COLUMBUS||1-3||L||0, -130||L||5 un||U|
|4/6/2013||CHICAGO||0-1||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|4/7/2013||at CHICAGO||3-5||L||0, +170||L||5 ov||O|
|4/9/2013||ST LOUIS||0-1||L||0, +110||L||5 un||U|
|4/12/2013||DALLAS||2-5||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||O|
|4/14/2013||DETROIT||0-3||L||0, +115||L||5 un||U|
|4/15/2013||VANCOUVER||2-5||L||0, +155||L||5 un||O|
|4/19/2013||at CHICAGO||4-5||L||0, +245||L||5 ev||O|
|4/23/2013||CALGARY||4-3||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||O|
|4/25/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|4/27/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|3/31/2013||CHICAGO||1-7||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||O|
|4/1/2013||COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/4/2013||at PHOENIX||2-4||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|4/5/2013||at COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/7/2013||ST LOUIS||0-1||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|4/11/2013||SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||P|
|4/12/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5 ov||P|
|4/14/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-0||W||0, -135||W||5 un||U|
|4/17/2013||at CALGARY||2-3||L||0, -160||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/20/2013||at VANCOUVER||1-2||L||0, +130||L||5 ev||U|
|4/22/2013||PHOENIX||4-0||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|4/24/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-1||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|4/27/2013||at DALLAS|| |
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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Red Wings' Franzen's status uncertain)
*Predators-Red Wings Preview* =============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Nashville (16-21-9) at Detroit (21-16-8), 7:30 p.m. EDT
Now that the Detroit Red Wings control their own destiny, they hope to make it count.
After their latest victory moved them back into playoff position, the Red Wings look for a third straight win Thursday night when they face the visiting Nashville Predators, whom they've shut out in the last two meetings.
Detroit (22-16-8) has earned at least one point in six of seven games and with a second straight victory Wednesday, 3-1 over Los Angeles, moved one point ahead of Columbus into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Red Wings are one point behind seventh-place Minnesota.
"We're trying to crawl our way back into the playoffs," Detroit's Jimmy Howard said after he made 23 saves Wednesday.
With two games remaining, the Red Wings have only themselves to blame if they don't reach the playoffs for a 22nd straight season - and last before heading to the Eastern Conference.
"We still have it in our own hands," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who has five assists in two games. "We've been playing pretty good and if we play like that, we'll be fine.
"There's been ups and downs, but mostly we've been able to keep working hard."
Johan Franzen wasn't able to finish Wednesday's game because of an undisclosed injury, but coach Mike Babcock hoped he would be healthy enough to play Thursday.
After its home finale, Detroit travels to Dallas on Saturday for what it hopes will not be the final game of the year. The Blue Jackets, who visit the Stars on Thursday, host Nashville (16-21-9) on Saturday.
"They've all felt like a playoff game here for a while," Howard said. "So, it's just two more here, and hopefully get the job done."
Howard has been a big reason behind Detroit's last two victories, stopping 57 of 58 shots. He's made 55 saves while the Red Wings have outscored the Predators 7-0 in the last two meetings.
Detroit last recorded three straight shutouts of the same opponent against Colorado from Jan. 8-Feb. 8, 2008. Nashville, meanwhile, has never been blanked by the same foe in three consecutive contests.
Pavel Datsyuk, who had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings on Wednesday, has one score with five assists in three games versus Nashville this season.
Looking to avoid their first nine-game road slide since one of the same duration spanned the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, the Predators have dropped 14 of 15 (1-10-4) away from home.
However, Nashville snapped a franchise-worst eight-game slide (0-7-1) with a 4-3 win over Calgary on Tuesday. Austin Watson scored his first NHL goal in his sixth career game and Shea Weber added two assists for the Predators, who will miss the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.
"We won the game. We haven't won for a while, so we weren't quite sure what to do," Nashville coach Barry Trotz joked. "The guys have been working hard and they are not getting rewarded. (Tuesday night) it was good to get rewarded."
Filip Forsberg, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2012 draft acquired from Washington in the trade for Martin Erat earlier this month, recorded his first NHL point with an assist Tuesday.
Weber scored the winner and added an assist in Nashville's 4-3 overtime home win over Detroit on Feb. 19.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 11:01:22 PM EST|