The Predators got a shutout win in their last game facing a Red Wings’ team that is tied for the fewest points in the NHL.
The Predators have won two in a row after dropping seven of nine games. They are only three points clear of Detroit in the Central and they are 2-1 facing them this season. Nashville has only given up two goals in winning two in a row and their main issue on the season is an offense that ranks third to last in the league only averaging 2.16 goals per game.
The Red Wings have lost four of their last five games and in that span they only scored six goals. Not hocking that Detroit is going through another tough season with an “attack” that ranks dead last in the NHL averaging just 1.86 goals per game.
Solid Power PlayIn the last game the Predators beat the Red Wings 2-0 where they scored both of their goals in the third period on the power play. Filip Forsberg scored his ninth of the season and Eeli Tolvanen netted his second and Roman Josi assisted on both goals. Pekka Rinne (5-5-0 2.36 GAA) stopped all 24 shots he faced for the shutout win and he has only given up more than two goals in one of his last seven starts.
Thanks to the goals scored by @eeli1999 Filip Forsberg & Pekka Rinne last night, a total of $5400 has been raised through the @PredsFoundation @deximaging Score & Win Program!!! #Smashville https://t.co/rEGPWcoFnW— Special Olympics TN (@SOTennessee) February 24, 2021
Juuse Saros (3-5 3.47 GAA) has had a tougher go at it in net this season than Rinne but after giving up 11 goals in two starts he was pretty solid in the last game giving up two goals even though he only faced 21 shots.
Forsberg leads the Preds with nine goals and 17 points and Josi is the only other player on the team in double digits in points with 10. Forsberg has been on a tear as of late with a goal in each of his last two games and has three goals and three assists over his last five games.
Shutout AgainThe 2-0 loss was the second shutout loss for the Red Wings in their last four games where the team has only totaled four goals. Jonathan Bernier (4-3-0 2.66 GAA) was in the net for the last game giving up two goals on 33 shots and he has only given up more than two goals in one of his last five games. Thomas Greiss (1-10-3 3.16 GAA) may get the nod in this game and he gave up four goals in his last start and three goals in his previous two starts.
Dylan Larkin is the only Detroit player in double-digits in points with 11 (4 goals 7 assists) and has two assists and no goals in his last five games. Bobby Ryan leads the club with only five goals, and he has lit the lamp one time in his last six games.
On the season the Red Wings are 2-9 at home.
The Detroit Red Wings are:
- 11-27 in their last 38 home games
- 13-40 in their last 53 vs. a team with a losing record
- 15-57 in their last 72 overall
The Nashville Predators are:
- 8-1 in their last 9 Thursday games
- 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite
- 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record