Predators vs. Red Wings Setup
The Detroit Red Wings traveled to Nashville to take on the Predators in a two-game series. Coming off of a shutout loss to the Dallas Stars, the Red Wings looked to rebound against a Predators team who has been looking to turn things around themselves. Goaltenders Thomas Greiss and Juuse Saros were slated to start in net, for their respective squads.
Netminders Shine Early
Red Wings goalie Thomas Greiss weathered an early Predator attack, keeping the game tied up. Greiss was forced to make more saves early in the game, however Sarros may have made the most impressive. Sarros stoned Darren Helm on the doorstep after Helm received an Adam Erne feed.
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Predators Strike First
The Predators headed to the power play late in the opening frame, and they wasted no time cashing in. Predators captain Roman Josi sent a bomb of a slap shot from the point that Mikael Granlund was able to get a stick on beating Greiss blocker side. A pretty evenly matched period found the Red Wings trailing by one, heading into intermission.
New Period, Same Result
The Red Wings luck seemed to run dry against the Predators. Seeing chances of their own turned aside by Sarros, the Red Wings would soon later surrender more. Adding another tally to pull things to 2-0, the Predators were cruising away with a much needed victory. The Predators almost made it 3-0, but the goal was waved off after a Jeff Blashill challenge. Broken-down plays resulted in the Predators assurance goals, frustrating for the Red Wings defense. Mathieu Olivier was credited with the second marker. The Red Wings offense continued to push but was unable to beat Saros for the full 60 minutes.
Saros was credited with the shutout, and pushed the Red Wings record down to 10-19-4. Carrying a narrow 34-31 shot advantage, the Predators were able to capitalize on their chances, while the Red Wings couldn’t seem to buy a goal. The Red Wings will have their chance to even things up, as they meet the Predators again just two days later. For Blashill and his team, they certainly will be looking to get rewarded for the better play as of late.