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Mully's Musings: at Detroit

Saturday, 11.26.2011 / 8:44 PM CT / Features
By Bryan Mullen
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Mully\'s Musings: at Detroit
It would have been the perfect place for Nashville to snap its three-game losing streak. The Predators were in Detroit, at a charged up Joe Louis Arena, facing their division foe.

Instead, the Red Wings dominated, outshot Nashville 37-19 and closed it out with a 4-1 victory.
In the first meeting of the season between the two teams, Detroit came out aggressive and grabbed a 1-0 lead on a goal by Valtteri Filppula at 13:23 of the first. But the game changed in the second when the Red Wings added two goals to take a commanding 3-0 lead after two.

Nashville was much more aggressive on offense in the third period, but by then, it was a little too late. The Preds created some of their best scoring chances of the game in final 20 minutes, and capitalized when Jack Hillen scored his first goal as a Pred at 5:34. But that was all the offense Nashville could muster.

The road trip continues, and next up is Edmonton on Monday. The Oilers beat Nashville 6-2 on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena, so expect the Preds to be jacked up. On to the musings.


THREE MUSINGS
Low shot totals: It’s been rare when the Preds outshoot their opponents this season. In past games, Nashville has sometimes looked for the perfect pass instead of getting the puck on net. The exception has been rookie Craig Smith, who takes shots whenever and seemingly from wherever. Saturday’s game was a tad different, however. It wasn’t as if Nashville was passing up shots; they simply had few scoring chances. Nashville struggled to possess the puck, and a lot of that had to do with Detroit. Still, as the road trip continues, Nashville coach Barry Trotz will remind his players that good things happen when you shoot the puck.

Rinne’s night: It wasn’t the best game of the year for Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne. There were a couple of plays that he’d like to have back, but he also didn’t get much help from teammates at other times. Rinne stopped 33 of 37 shots, and his all-time record against Detroit is still an impressive 8-3-3. More times than not, Rinne will keep the Preds in games if the team isn’t playing well. But when facing a top opponent, he will need more help than he got on Saturday night.

First NHL game: Going back to last season, if you asked Nashville’s coaching staff about who was looking good in Milwaukee, Roman Josi’s name almost always came up. The defenseman was called up from Milwaukee on Friday and played in his first NHL game at Detroit. Josi, who was paired with Jack Hillen, and at other times with Jonathon Blum, looked poised. He had 12:20 of ice time. His only shot came with 2:14 to go, and the puck stuck the right ear of Detroit’s Patrick Eaves. Josi had a look of concern as Eaves was taken off the ice on a stretcher, but Josi appeared able to put the scary situation behind him.


ONE QUOTE
D Roman Josi: “I was really excited before the game. We didn’t play a good game, and that’s what is most important. I tried to play my game, play simple, and play well defensively.”


THREE STARS
C Valtteri Filppula, Detroit: 2 goals, 1 assist, +2 rating
F Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit: 1 goal, 1 assist, +2 rating
G Jimmy Howard, Detroit: Stopped 18 of 19 shots

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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