Red Wings Return Home with Win over Predators

The Detroit Red Wings came back home following a six-game road trip and promptly defeated the Nashville Predators, 5-2, on Saturday night.

Tomas Tatar scored twice for the Red Wings, including the goal that saw Nashville goalie Carter Hutton removed from the game.

Hutton, starting in place of the injured Pekka Rinne, lasted just 12:32 after allowing three goals on four shots.

Just 57 seconds into the game, Gustav Nyquist took a centering feed from Tatar on a two-on-one and flicked a shot past Hutton to open the game’s scoring.

With 8:38 left in the opening period, Kyle Quincey‘s shot off a Pavel Datsyuk faceoff win deflected off Nashville’s Mike Ribeiro before bouncing off the ice and past Hutton to make it 2-0.

Just 1:10 later, Tatar snapped a shot from the right faceoff dot through a screen by Riley Sheahan and past Hutton to end the Nashville netminder’s night.

Mattias Ekholm got the Predators on the board with 1:22 left in the period, whipping a shot from the high slot through traffic that deflected past Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek for a 3-1 score.

Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg made it 4-1 with a power play goal at 2:14 of the second period. Skating down below the goal line, Zetterberg threw the puck out front, off goalie Marek Mazanec‘s helmet, and into the net.

Tatar added his second of the night with 39 seconds left in the middle frame. Tatar drove to the net to take a pass from Riley Sheahan in the corner and knock it past Mazanec for a power play goal.

Nashville’s Mike Fisher closed out the game’s scoring just 49 seconds into the third period, collecting the rebound of a Roman Josi shot in front of the net and lifting a backhander over Mrazek on the power play.

The Red Wings finished the night perfect on two power play opportunities while the Predators scored once on three tries with the man-advantage.

Mrazek made 34 saves on 36 shots in the Detroit net. After Hutton went one-for-four, Mazanec stopped 18 of 20 for Nashville.

The Red Wings are right back at it on Sunday as they host the Buffalo Sabres.

Pregame: Predators @ Red Wings – 4/25

The Red Wings have a chance to clinch a playoff spot tonight with a win over the Nashville Predators and some help from the Dallas Stars.

Two points for the Wings in their second game in as many nights combined with the Blue Jackets losing to Dallas would put Detroit out of Columbus’ reach in the standings. A Stars’ win combined with a Detroit loss would set up a de facto one-game playoff on Saturday when the Wings visit Dallas.

Detroit is expected to ice the same lineup they used last night to earn a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Johan Franzen said he’ll be able to play but will be a game-time decision after suffering an injury late against LA. If Franzen can’t go, Todd Bertuzzi will return to the Wings’ lineup.

Jimmy Howard will get the start yet again. Pekka Rinne will not get the nod for the Predators, with Chris Mason set to go instead.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

Howard Blanks Predators as Red Wings Regain Playoff Spot

The Detroit Red Wings moved back into playoff position Sunday night behind a shutout of the Nashville Predators by goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Howard stopped 22 Nashville shots for his second blanking of the Predators this season. With the two points, the Red Wings moved past Dallas and back into eighth place in the standings, though the Stars have a game in hand.

After a scoreless first period, Henrik Zetterberg got Detroit on the board at 6:23 of the second. Pavel Datsyuk forced a giveaway in the right faceoff circle and the puck came out to Jakub Kindl at the point, who sent it back along the blue line to Datsyuk. Datsyuk moved it along to Danny DeKeyser, who fired a shot from the top of the left circle intentionally wide of Pekka Rinne in the Nashville goal. The puck caromed off the back boards to the opposite side of the net where Zetterberg snapped a shot in behind Rinne.

Johan Franzen virtually locked things up with 2:59 left in the third period, roofing a backhander from the slot over Rinne’s glove off a Nashville turnover.

Justin Abdelkader‘s empty-net goal with 1:19 remaining wrapped up the game’s scoring.

Rinne finished the night with 29 saves on 31 shots against.

Both teams were scoreless on two power plays each.


Kyle Quincey was a healthy scratch on defense for the Red Wings, with Brendan Smith swapping back into the lineup… After the game Brian Lashoff was sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins to help alleviate the logjam on the blue line, giving the Red Wings eight defenders on the roster.

Tootoo Scores in Nashville Return but Wings Fall to Predators in OT

Detroit forward Jordin Tootoo scored his first goal with his new team in his first visit to his original team on Tuesday night but it wasn’t enough to get the Red Wings a win, as they dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Nashville Predators.

Tootoo had played for eight seasons with the Predators before joining the Red Wings as a free agent last summer.

With 8:27 left in the third period and the Red Wings down by one and skating on a delayed penalty, Henrik Zetterberg gained the Nashville zone and gave the puck to Tootoo in the right faceoff circle. Tootoo attempted a crossing pass back to Zetterberg, with the puck deflecting off defenseman Kevin Klein‘s skate and bouncing in behind Predators netminder Pekka Rinne to tie the game, 2-2.

Roman Josi put Nashville back out front with 7:06 left in the period, throwing a shot on net from the top of the left circle. It deflected off Joakim Andersson in front of Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson and bounced past him

Pavel Datsyuk tied things back up just 36 seconds later on an end-to-end effort. Datsyuk gained the Predators zone and skated through three defenders, then around another to put a shot through Rinne to make it 3-3.

Shea Weber gave Nashville the win 44 seconds into overtime. The Predators gained the Detroit zone three-on-three but Niklas Kronwall‘s hit on Sergei Kostitsyn collected Zetterberg as well, leaving Colin Wilson open for a shot from the slot that bounced off the back boards to an open Shea Weber to put in from the side of the net past a diving Gustavsson.

Gustavsson finished the night with 16 saves on 18 shots after Jimmy Howard left the game midway through the first with what the team called an upper-body injury.

Rinne stopped 26 of 29 shots in earning the win.

The Predators had opened the scoring with a power play goal at 5:01 of the first period. Wilson skated the puck to the bottom of the right faceoff circle and sent a pass through the top of the crease to Craig Smith on far side. Smith threw it into the open side of the net for a power play goal.

Scott Hannan‘s shot from the point was deflected in front by Gabriel Bourque and past Howard to make it 2-0 with 9:19 left in the period.

Howard would leave the game 41 seconds later, having stopped five of seven shots.

The Red Wings got on the board while shorthanded with 4:59 left in the first. Datsyuk stole the puck from Jonathon Blom behind the net and sent a pass to Daniel Cleary all alone in the slot. Cleary snapped a shot past Rinne to pull the Wings within a goal.

Detroit allowed one goal and scored one goal on six Nashville power play tries. They were scoreless on their own two power plays but Tootoo’s goal did come on a delayed call.

The Red Wings are next in action on Thursday when they return home to host the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Mikael Samuelsson did not play after injuring his hand during the morning skate. Patrick Eaves took his spot in the lineup… In addition to Howard, both Niklas Kronwall and Cory Emmerton missed time in the game with injuries. Both were able to return… Though he was cleared to play, Jan Mursak was not in the lineup.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Predators – 2/19

The slumping Red Wings visit the Nashville Predators tonight, with the big story being the return of Jordin Tootoo to the city where he began his NHL career.

Tootoo played eight seasons with the Predators after being drafted by them in 2001. He signed as a free agent with the Red Wings in the 2012 offseason.

The Red Wings will be making two lineup changes following their 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal after a night off against the Wild (and will be backed up by Jonas Gustavsson, with Petr Mrazek having been sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins). On defense, Kent Huskins is back out of the lineup in favor of Jakub Kindl.

The Predators are coming off a 6-5 loss in Colorado on Monday afternoon. They’re expected to start Pekka Rinne in goal.

Game time is 8:00 PM on FSD.

TGTW: Red Wings Drop Opener to Predators

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the games lost by the NHL lockout.  In the absence of actual games to write about, I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season.

The Detroit Red Wings opened the 2012-13 campaign on Friday night with a 5-4 loss to the Nashville Predators, the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last spring.

New Wings’ captain Henrik Zetterberg scored twice but Nashville’s Colin Wilson scored just five seconds into a late power play to secure the win for the Predators.  Detroit newcomer Carlo Colaiacovo was in the penalty box for the game-winning goal.

It was a see-saw effort all night.  Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring with 7:01 left in the first but Nashville replied in the second with goals by Roman Josi and Sergei Kostitsyn.  Zetterberg notched his second with 4:43 left in the period to tie things back up.

Kostitsyn scored again just 2:10 into the third and Mike Fisher extended Nashville’s lead to two with 8:59 remaining.

Jonathan Ericsson pulled the Wings to within a goal just 13 seconds after Fisher scored and Valtteri Filppula tied things up 3:28 later.

Wilson’s goal ended any momentum the Wings had, coming 16 seconds after Filppula’s.

Jimmy Howard was replaced in the Detroit crease by Jonas Gustavsson after allowing the fifth goal.  Howard finished the night with 18 saves on 23 shots against.  Gustavsson faced no shots in 5:02 of play.

Pekka Rinne made 26 saves on 30 shots against in earning the win.


With the Red Wings’ defense in flux following the retirement of former captain Nicklas Lidstrom, the Red Wings went with seven defensemen in the lineup.  Kyle Quincey led all blueliners with 26 minutes, while Brendan Smith had a team-low five minutes.

Hockeytown Makeover In Order

This is what happens when you have a team of skill but no hunger.

The 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings took their early out of their 21st consecutive playoff appearance with a run that may have just been a sweep by the Nashville Predators.

What the Red Wings have in skill they completely lacked in heart. I would not go as far as say the Dead Wing Era has returned but if things keep going this way they it just might. There was no hunger, no passion, no emotion at all from the machine that is the Detroit Red Wings.

Cycle. Cycle. Cycle.

That is what we witnessed in these five games. All Cycle no shoot.

It has been said so many times that it has become a cliché but you’re going to miss all the shots you don’t take; and if no one is there to knock in the rebound that Pekka Rinne gives up… guess what that is not going to go in either.

Bringing in new assistant coaching was suppose to bring in new ideas for the team. Becoming lackluster just is not going to win anything.

More should have been done at the trade deadline. Getting Kyle Quincey back was fantastic… if racking up penalty minutes was the objective.

Why is it the playoffs start and now the Red Wings can not keep themselves out of the penalty box? Stupid plays. Johan Franzen played stupid the entire series. Why are is he getting paid what he is? The excuse was for his playoff performance. Well holy crap ya’all that was horrible.

It is not a coincidence that the only game Detroit won was the one where they were heated. When they hated Nashville for Shea Weber‘s attack on Henrik Zetterberg. I am not going to go into that incident we all have beat that horse to death; but game two the Red Wings came out hungry and they won.

Remember when the Red Wings were the team to go to because they would rally for a player? When they played their hearts out to win that cup in 2008 for Dallas Drake before he retired.

They could not do that for Tomas Holmstrom and possibly Nicklas Lidstrom? Really? Drake meant more to them than these two that have spent their entire careers making the team what it is (or was) for these “youngsters”.

The team needs an update. Get rid of the stubron jackass we call the Mule, get a goal scorer. Honestly since losing Marian Hossa to the Blackhawks the Red Wings still have not found themselves a snipper. Players can cycle the puck all they want, but unless they shoot it they are not going to score.

Keep Darren Helm, Keep Patrick Eaves in your thoughts and hope he is okay for next season. Detroit missed both of them dearly in the playoffs.

Keep Nicklas Kronwall though odds are he is injured again as he did not “Kronwall” anyone this series (odds are it would have been a 4-5 game suspension anyway).

Keep Howard but find him a good partner. Not a back up but a good goaltending tandem where the goalies push one another; not where one self destructs.

Keep the Euro Twins. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg probably should have played on the same line together a little more when nothing was frickin’ working.

Keep Bertuzzi since he is the only one willing to use his size.

The Central Division is getting younger, full of players that are hungry to get their chance at the cup and to take down everyone that stands in their way.

Especially the old measuring stick Red Wings.

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Red Wings Face Elimination After Game Four Loss to Predators

The Detroit Red Wings are one loss from elimination from the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs after dropping Game Four of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the Nashville Predators, 3-1.

The Predators now lead the series 3-1 as it heads back to Nashville for Game Five.

The Red Wings dominated the scoreless first two periods of the game, carrying a 28-11 shooting advantage into the third. It would be Nashville, however, that opened the game’s scoring.

Just 1:55 into the period, Gabriel Bourque was left along in front of Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard to take a feed from Alexander Radulov and snap a shot into the back of the net. The goal came shortly after the Predators thought they had made it 1-0 but an apparent goal was called off on an “intent to blow” play.

The Red Wings would even things up at 3:14. Niklas Kronwall‘s rocket from the blue line was tipped in front of the net by Jiri Hudler, with the deflection rising over Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne for a power play goal.

At 6:25, the Predators regained the lead when three Red Wings followed Martin Erat into the corner and Howard shifted right to track the play. This left Patrick Holmqvist and Kevin Klein wide open in front, and Erat fed Klein for an easy shot into the vacated net.

The Predators finished off the scoring with 39 seconds left in regulation. With Nashville on a power play, Danny Cleary attempted to carry the puck out from behind his own goal and start a rush. At the side of the crease, David Legwand poked the puck off his stick and it slipped through Howard, ending Detroit’s chance at a comeback.

Each team had a power play goal on the night, with the Red Wings having seven power plays to Nashville’s three.

Howard made 14 saves on 17 shots against while Rinne stopped 40 of 41 chances.

Game Five of the series will be on Friday.

Red Wings Fall Behind in Series with Loss to Predators

A late goal by Henrik Zetterberg wasn’t enough for the Detroit Red Wings to get out of a hole they dug for themselves early, as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Nashville Predators in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the two teams.

The Predators took a 2-1 lead in the series with the win, regaining the home-ice advantage that Detroit had taken with their Game Two win in Nashville.

Nashville opened the game’s scoring just 2:48 into the game, with Detroit forward Drew Miller off for goaltender interference. Andrei Kostitsyn knocked a shot in on Red Wings’ netminder Jimmy Howard from the low slot, then pushed defenseman Brad Stuart into the crease. Howard made the stop but couldn’t get in position to pick up the rebound chance by Shea Weber.

The Predators extended the lead at 3:50 of the second period. Kevin Klein broke through the Detroit defense and got in on Howard while being hooked by Stuart, snapping a shot over Howard’s glove to make it 2-0.

Pavel Datsyuk got the Red Wings on the board with 4:57 left in the middle period. Datsyuk stripped the puck from Roman Josi behind the Nashville net and snuck it in around goalie Pekka Rinne‘s pad.

Nashville regained the two-goal lead with 3:30 left in the third period. After the Red Wings kept up pressure for most of the period, the Predators finally took advantage of a Niklas Kronwall pinch and got an odd-man rush that saw Sergei Kostitsyn snap a shot past Howard.

Zetterberg closed out the game’s scoring, snapping a shot from the right circle past Rinne with the Red Wings skating six-on-five.

The Zetterberg goal was Detroit’s lone power play marker, while Weber’s was the only one for Nashville. Each team had four tries with the extra attacker.

Rinne stopped 41 of 43 shots in the win. Howard made 19 saves on 22 shots.

The two teams will meet for Game Four in Detroit on Tuesday.


The Red Wings thought they had tied the game in the final second of the second period, when Johan Franzen knocked home a rebound chance from the slot but replay showed that time expired before the puck crossed the goal line.

Red Wings Get Even with Predators in 3-2 Win

The Detroit Red Wings evened things up with the Nashville Predators in more ways than one during a 3-2 win Friday night.

The Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the two teams now sits at 1-1 as it shifts to Detroit for Game Three on Sunday, with the Predators having taken Game One on Wednesday.

In addition to tying the series up, the Red Wings got back at Nashville captain Shea Weber. Weber ended the opening game of the series by slamming Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg‘s head into the glass. In Game Two, Todd Bertuzzi fought Weber just 1:36 in.

Ian White gave Detroit its first lead of the series at 8:25 of the opening period. White walked the puck in from the right point to the top of the right faceoff circle and snapped a shot past Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne to make it 1-0.

With 4:27 left in the period, Cory Emmerton made it 2-0 for the Red Wings. Emmerton blocked a shot in the Detroit end and gathered up the puck for a two-on-one down the ice with Gustav Nyquist. After defenseman Roman Josi dropped to the ice to block the passing lane, Emmerton fired a shot from the left circle over Rinne’s shoulder.

The Predators pulled back to within a goal at 9:01 of the second, when Andrei Kostitsyn was left alone in the slot. He took a feed from Alexander Radulov and flung the puck past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to make it 2-1.

Detroit regained the two-goal lead just 56 seconds later, when a Brad Stuart shot from the left circle tipped off Johan Franzen in front of the net and in behind Rinne to make it 3-1.

The Predators would pressure late but could only manage one more goal, with Weber backhanding a shot from the slot past Howard with 4:44 remaining.

Howard finished the night with 24 saves on 26 shots. Rinne made 14 saves on the 17 shots he faced.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had two tries with the extra attacker while the Predators had six power plays, including 30 secons of five-on-three.

The teams will meet in Game Three in Detroit on Sunday.