Game 3 - 1st Period

Sunday, 04.15.2012 / 12:06 PM
The Preds lines at the start of the game (in order of first shift)
   Legwand centering A. Kostitsyn and Radulov
   Fisher centering Erat and S. Kostistyn
   Gaustad centering Tootoo and Yip
   Spaling centering Bourque and Hornqvist

Defense pairings:
   Suter and Weber
   Bouillon and Klein
   Ellis and Josi


THREE MUSINGS:
Heating Up -- Good start by the Legwand line. Andrei Kostitsyn and Radulov created a turnover behind the net on the game’s opening shift to set –up Legwand for a point-black chance. On Nashville’s first power-play the trio combined to create the game’s opening goal with Legwand and Radulov making crafty passes to find Kostitsyn alone at the top of the crease; Kostitsyn’s chance was stopped, but Weber netted the rebound. The line created Nashville’s second power-play with a good work in transition and finished the first period with four of Nashville's nine shots on goal.

Controlling the Circle – Nashville was dominant in the faceoff circle early in the game, winning 14 of the first 23 draws in the opening period, several clean wins. Even the three lost draws were well contested. The faceoff wins were key to the special teams success In the period with the win on the second faceoff of the first power-play leading to the possession that resulted in Nashville’s goal. Paul Gaustad clean won a pair of faceoffs on the Nashville penalty kill, which allowed the Preds additional clearing opportunities.

Clearing the Zone – Nashville got into trouble on a couple of occasions after failed clearing attempts. Detroit was able to make plays high in the zone and re-establish its puck control/half-wall cycle leading to some the Wings best chances in the period. Nashville got away with it in the first period, but will need to clean things up, especially for the second period with the long line change.

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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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