Five things from Tuesday night’s game…
- Jordin Tootoo played extremely well for the Red Wings in his return to Nashville. He scored one goal and created several chances for the Red Wings throughout the game. He seemed to be pretty emotional when the Predators’ played a tribute video to him on the jumbo tron, and the crowd responded with a standing ovation.
“Obviously it’s very humbling. I couldn’t thank them enough for all their support over the years,” Tootoo said. “I played here for eight years, and for them to do something like that is pretty special. I’d just like to thank the organization for doing that.”
-The Predators really struggled in the faceoff circle without Paul Gaustad, who missed the game due to an upper-body injury. Nashville won just 40 percent of the faceoffs, with Nick Spaling (57%) being the only Predators’ player to win over 50 percent of his draws.
“We lost every big draw tonight. When you get hemmed in your end a little bit you want to start with the puck, and we weren’t starting with the puck tonight at all,” said Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz.
-Pavel Datsyuk is the most dangerous puck handler in the entire league. He is so incredibly gifted with the puck, and he scored an absolutely gorgeous goal after going through four Nashville defenders.
“He is so strong on the puck,” Trotz said. “You see him off the ice and he doesn’t look that big or that strong, but man is he strong on the puck. He steals pucks. He reaches. He’s incredibly strong for his size. He’s a joy as a coach to watch on film. He’s not a joy when you’re playing against him I’ll tell you that.”
- Colin Wilson recorded two more assists in the game, including the assist on Shea Weber’s game-winning goal in overtime. Wilson is currently riding a career-best five-game point streak, in which he has seven points. He leads the team with 14 points and is playing the best hockey of his career right now.
-Craig Smith scored his first goal of the season on the power play for Nashville’s first goal of the game. Wilson made a phenomenal play to get Smith the puck, and Smith was able to put it into the open net. Roman Josi also scored his first goal of the season.
Three stars of Tuesday night’s game…
1. Shea Weber, NSH… Weber scored the game-winning goal for the Predators in overtime and played pretty well defensively.
2. Pavel Datsyuk, DET… Datsyuk is scary good. He is arguably the most complete player in the NHL, and he showed that on Tuesday night.
3. Roman Josi, NSH… Josi scored the third goal for the Predators, which proved to be vital.