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Instant Analysis: Feb. 5 vs. Detroit

Saturday, 02.5.2011 / 10:20 PM CT / Recap
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Instant Analysis: Feb. 5 vs. Detroit
Special Teams Lead The Way
Special teams came through big time for the Preds tonight, accounting for two of Nashville’s three goals on the night. The power-play unit started things off with a goal 3:18 into the game … a blast from Shea Weber at the top of the right wing faceoff circle. Playing with momentum created from the PP unit, Nashville created several other quality scoring chances in the first frame, but Joey MacDonald kept the Wings within one.

Then the Nashville penalty killers took over. The work by the penalty kill unit in the second frame sealed the win for the Preds. Just 0:44 into the middle period, Detroit drew a pair of penalties on Nashville for a full 2:00 of five-on-three power-play time. The PK unit held the Red Wings off the board – limiting the Wings to just three shots on goal in the process – and drew a thunderous ovation from the Bridgestone Arena crowd. Later in the frame, Nashville not only negated a Detroit power-play, but extended the lead to 2-0 with Sergei Kostitsyn’s shorthanded goal – sprung with a pinpoint blueline-to-blueline lead pass from Ryan Suter. (As a side note, Suter and Kostitsyn were excellent all night; Kostitsyn finished with two goals, but was dangerous on several other opportunities and Suter ended with two assists, but contributed in all phases of the Preds play tonight, including an extended one-on-one joust with Todd Bertuzzi midway through the third period)

The Preds killed off another Wings power-play early in the third, holding Detroit to an 0-for-5 showing on the night.

The win pushed Nashville’s cushion for a Western Conference playoff seed up to four points over ninth place, while at the same time cutting the deficit to Central Division leading Detroit down to five points (with a mid-week meeting looming in Detroit on Wednesday night).



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  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
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10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
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13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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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
 
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P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61