Preds/Red Wings Match-Up To Watch

Thursday, 04.9.2009 / 12:37 PM CT / Preview
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Preds\/Red Wings Match-Up To Watch
Preds Offense vs. Chris Osgood

A lot of attention has been focused on Detroit’s goaltending this season. Future Hall of Famer Dominik Hasek retired at the end of last season, placing Chris Osgood and free agent signee Ty Conklin in the spotlight – trying to backstop the star-studded defending Stanley Cup champs.

While Osgood was the playoff hero for the Wings last year, he entered this season having played just 64 regular season games the past two seasons combined. Conklin had played 49 during the same stretch.

Last season the Red Wings led the league in goaltending with a 2.18 goals against average. This season Detroit has slipped to 21st in the league with a 2.91 goals against average. In the past Osgood has shown the ability to step up his game in the playoffs, but he’s still surrendered three-or-more goals in 11 of his 20 appearances since the All-Star Break.

With rookie netminder Pekka Rinne ranking among the NHL leaders in goals against average, save percentage, and shutouts, the Preds have had success when providing him with offensive support. When scoring at least three goals, the Preds have posted a 27-6-2 record, including a 13-1-1 mark since the All-Star Break.

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61