After Wednesday’s 2-1 victory in New York, the Detroit Red Wings flew home to face the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena, Friday night. Nashville has yet to win a game other than their season opener and prior to their game against Detroit, the team fell to the Dallas Stars, 2-1. Last night’s victory improved the Wings’ record to 3-2-0 and was their third victory in a row.
Detroit’s lineup looked very similar to how it has the past two games but there were a few exceptions. One exception was Andreas Athanasiou being benched to make room for Steve Ott on the lineup. Ryan Sproul also got to play his second game on the Wings’ blue line after the benching of Nicklas Kronwall. Petr Mrazek was granted his fourth start of the regular season.
The first period of this game was a very steady and two sided game. Both team’s offense and defense seemed to be on their A game and it was not apparent that either team out played the other. The only penalty drawn in the period came from Nashville’s Colin Wilson at 6:53 for hooking against Tomas Tatar. The Wings had quite a few chances on the power play but team couldn’t get a shot past Pekka Rinne. Neither team managed to get on the board in the first and the shots were tied 15-15.
It was a steady first five minutes of the second period until Filip Forsberg drew a penalty for holding against Henrik Zetterberg, this power play opened up scoring for the Red Wings. Just three seconds into the man advantage for Detroit, Ryan Sproul ended up with the puck directly off of the face-off and shot a low one to a group of bodies in front of the net. The puck was deflected in off of the leg of Justin Abdelkader and Nashville then called a coach’s challenge, challenging that Abdelkader was in the crease when the puck went in the net. Nashville lost a time out in the over turned challenge and the call on the ice stood, the goal read, Abdelkader from Sproul and Nyquist. Both teams took penalties following Detroit’s lone goal. Viktor Arvidsson was called for a delay of game after sending the puck over the glass, and four minutes later, Tomas Tatar took Detroit’s first penalty for interference against Mike Ribeiro. Neither team was able to capitalize on their man advantage and it was a 5 on 5 game once again, but that didn’t last long. At 13:23 of the second period, Danny DeKeyser took a delay of game penalty when his shot went up and over the glass, this man advantage gave Nashville the chance to score and PK Subban wasted no time getting the Predators on the board, with an assist from Roman Josi. Tying the game wasn’t enough for the Preds and Ribeiro managed to score on the same power play, putting Nashville up 2-1. Detroit was granted the final power play of the period when Forsberg took his second penalty of the night after tripping Mike Green. The Red Wings had many good shots, but with good shots came good saves and Nashville killed the penalty without any issues. With only 48 seconds remaining in the period, Drew Miller scored with a shot that sent the puck high into the corner of the net and over the left shoulder of Rinne after shots from both Luke Glendening and Mike Green failed to find the back of the net. Green got the only assist on Miller’s goal and the game was tied at 2 to close the second period. The shots on goal going into the third period were 9-19 in favor of the team in red and white.
It didn’t take long for Detroit to get on the board to start the third period. Tomas Tatar netted his first of the season assisted by Alexy Marchenko and Jonathan Ericsson making it a 3-2 game. A minute later, both teams were on the board for penalties after Yannick Weber and Dylan Larkin were sent to the box for fighting making it a 4 on 4 game and granting Dylan Larkin his first win during his first NHL fight. Nearly 15 seconds after the Larkin penalty, Ericsson was called for interference on Mike Fisher, this gave Nashville a man advantage for just over a minute and a half. The Predators did not manage to get a shot past Mrazek and it was no doubt that the penalty kill unit knew exactly what they were there to do. The game was finally back to 5 on 5 and almost immediately, Gustav Nyquist scored an unassisted goal after a pass from Foresberg to Neal was broken up by Darren Helm. The game was now 4-2, Detroit. The penalties kept coming following the Detroit goal, Abdelkader and Subban were both penalized for roughing, again sending the game to a 4 on 4. Detroit then put themselves in a 4 on 3 position after Brendan Smith took a call of holding against James Neal. At 15:14 of the third, Mike Fisher managed to put a shot from Foresberg into the back of the net, right past Mrazek for Nashville’s third power play goal of the night. Detroit still led the score, 4-3. The Red Wings were given a 5 on 3 advantage when Neal was called for cross checking of Marchenko and at the same time, Calle Jarnkrok was penalized for high sticking against Darren Helm. The Wings could not capitalize on their power play opportunity but Helm did closee the game out with a power play goal at 19:38 when Riberio was sent to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct. Luke Glendening and Henrik Zetterberg grabbed the assist on the goal and Helm improved his stats to 4 goals in 5 games, landing him the title of Detroit’s leading goal scorer for the young season. The Wings took the home victory with a final score of 5-3. The shots on goal for the third period were an even 9, totaling 33-43 in favor of Detroit. Detroit’s record improved to 3-2-0 while Nashville’s fell to 1-3-0.
Stars of the Game:
1.) Tomas Tatar (DET) – 1 G, 0 A, 1 PTS, +1
2.) Petr Mrazek (DET) – 30 SV, 33 SA, .909 SV%
3.) Ryan Sproul (DET) – 0 G, 1 A, 1 PTS, +/- 0
The Red Wings play at home again tonight when they face the San Jose Sharks at 7 pm.
Box Score: https://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/nsh-vs-det/2016/10/21/2016020064/recap/box-score#game=2016020064,game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=boxscore