I don’t know if it was the quality (or lack thereof) of the opponent but the Red Wings looked better tonight, on the second game of a back-to-back set, than they did in Boston yesterday. It felt like Detroit had the puck all game, especially in the first two periods when they limited the Predators to only eight shots.
Of course, that gets overshadowed a bit by the injury to Patrick Eaves late in the game. No news about the severity yet but that puck didn’t look like it got his helmet, looked to me like he took it straight to the ear. I’m no doctor, I won’t even try to guess what that means for him.
As for the Wings, they currently sit on top of the Western Conference, a position that could change by the end of the night. They own a five-game winning streak and have taken eight of their last ten. Not bad considering they started the month wrapping up a six-game losing streak.