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.

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.

Red Wings’ Eaves Cleared to Play

Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves has been cleared to return to play, almost 14 months after suffering a broken jaw and concussion.

Eaves blocked a Roman Josi shot with the side of his head in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators on November 26, 2011. The impact broke his jaw and he was expected to be out for a matter of weeks. It was eventually revealed that he also had a concussion. Post-concussion symptoms kept him out for the remainder of the season and would have meant he was not ready to return in time for the 2012-13 season had it started on time.

With Eaves returning and Tomas Holmstrom retiring, the Red Wings have 15 forwards on their roster. Darren Helm will likely start the regular season on short-term injured reserve with a sore back but his return will cause the team to need to drop a forward.

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.

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.

Filppula Scores Twice as Red Wings Defeat Predators, 4-1

Valtteri Filppula scored two goals and added an assist Saturday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

Filppula opened the game’s scoring with 6:37 remaining in the first period, lifting a backhander from an acute angle over sprawled Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne after a Todd Bertuzzi chance bounced off the post.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-0 just 1:31 into the second period. Zetterberg picked drifted backwards from in close to Rinne, outwaiting him before firing a shot from the left faceoff circle into the top of the net.

At 8:34 of the period, Filppula’s second put the Red Wings up by three. Jakub Kindl threw a shot towards the net that was deflected by both Jiri Hudler and Filppula to get past Rinne.

Danny Cleary finished off Detroit’s scoring at 4:03 of the third period. Darren Helm stole the puck from Mike Fisher as the Predators attempted to clear their zone, then sent a pass to Cleary in the right faceoff circle for a one-timer past Rinne.

Nashville’s lone goal came 1:31 later, when Jack Hillen snuck in behind Helm and Jonathan Ericsson in the slot to take a pass from Colin Wilson and tip it past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Howard, making his fifteenth consecutive start, needed to make only 18 saves on 19 shots. Detroit held Nashville to only eight shots in the game’s first forty minutes.

Rinne made 33 saves on the Red Wings’ 37 shots.

Filppula’s first goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had two chances with the extra attacker while Nashville had three,

After three games in four nights, the Red Wings are off until Wednesday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Detroit forward Patrick Eaves left the game late in the third period after taking a Roman Josi shot to the side of his head. He was taken to the Detroit Medical Center for observation, where he is expected to be held overnight… Cory Emmerton, Fabian Brunnstrom and Mike Commodore were the Red Wings’ healthy scratches.