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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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00