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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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

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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