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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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36