Game 1 - 2nd Period

Wednesday, 04.11.2012 / 8:50 PM
Both teams got on the board in the second period with Detroit netting an early period power-play goal and Nashville countering with an even strength goal mid-way through the frame. The Red Wings held the territorial advantage early in the period, but the second half of the period was very even. Nashville played with much more intensity and "jam" after the Halischuk goal put the Preds ahead 2-1.

THREE MUSINGS:
1) Nashville's most consistent play continued to come from the Spaling and Gaustad lines during five-on-five play. Halischuk's goal in the middle of the period ignited the crowd and led the Preds to step up their physical play. Beyond the goal the Spaling and Gaustad lines each drew a power-play opportunity for the Preds during the second period and seem to be much more effective tonight in all phases of the game than the Fisher and Legwand lines. Additionally, Gaustad's been a beast in the faceoff circle, winning 8-of-11 draws through the first two periods.

2) Howard gave up another suspect goal in the second period. He looked unsure on a couple saves late in the first period and then allowed a goal on a wrist shot in transition from just inside the blueline -- granted Bourque was cutting across his vision, but Bourque was around faceoff dot high when the puck passed him. The first period goal by Gaustad --- while not Howard's fault --- was also on a rather non-descript type of play.

3) The first two periods have been much more blue collar and "ugly" than a skilled, creative, skating display. There have been very few odd-man rushes and even fewer pretty passing combinations from either team. Instead the majority of the play has been more board battles, puck retreavals, dump-and-chase attempts. The passing attempts for both teams seemed to be just a hair off -- passes more into skates than tape-to-tape. Its even more surprising given the high number of power-play attempts both teams have garnered.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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