Five things about Sunday night’s game…
- Pekka Rinne was stellar in net for the Predators on Sunday night but didn’t any goal support. That has been a common theme for the Predators this season. They’ve been shut out nine times and aren’t giving their goalies much support despite the continued effort.
“I think you see that every shift they are playing hard; they are still blocking shots, making hits and all of those kinds of things. I just believe now we have so many young guys that have to create an opportunity to prove themselves and earn more ice time and maybe earn a spot for the future. But for sure it’s not fun. You keep losing and losing, and enough is enough,” Rinne said.
“We let [Rinne and Mason] down all year. It’s not their fault. They battle for us every night. We have to do a better job for those guys,” said Predators captain Shea Weber.
- Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who recently signed with the Red Wings after the Predators put on a big push for him, recorded his first NHL point against on Henrik Zetterberg’s first goal.
“It was something that was really exciting for me. It’s always nice when you get your first NHL point. It’s something you kind of dream of as a kid,” DeKeyser said.
- Bobby Butler had a penalty shot attempt in the third period but was unable to get a shot off. It was a good chance for the Predators to tie the game up at the time. However, the Predators just have not been able to capitalize on chances lately.
“We had some good chances. We had a couple of breakaways, a penalty shot, and good looks on the power play. In the second period, we had a little bit of a scramble that turned into a really good play that Legwand and Beck made right to Forsberg. I thought that it was going to go into the net. Zetterberg stuck his stick in there the last minute and they put it over the net,” said Predators head coach Barry Trotz.
“We’ve had a lot of them over the past few games, but we still have not found a way to score. We just have to find a way. We just have to find a way to help Pekka out and Mason as well,” Weber said.
- Taylor Beck notched seven shots on goal for the Predators on Sunday night and looked really good, which has been a regular occurrence since being recalled from Milwaukee.
- With the loss, the Predators have now lost six games in a row. That is their longest losing streak of the season and the first time they have dropped six straight in regulation since October of the 2007-08 season.
Three stars of Sunday night’s game…
1. Jimmy Howard, DET… The Red Wings’ netminder made all of the necessary saves en route to a shutout victory over the Predators.
2. Henrik Zetterberg, DET… Zetterberg scored the game-winning goal for the Red Wings in the second period and played a strong game.
3. Pekka Rinne, NSH… Rinne was stellar in net for the Predators despite the 3-0 score. He made some unbelievable saves in the second period to keep the Predators afloat.
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