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Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick & Prediction FEB 25TH 2021

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Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings Recap FEB 25TH 2021

Matt Duchene scored twice during the Nashville's five-goal, second-period barrage and the Predators overpowered the floundering Red Wings 6-1 in Detroit on Monday.

Nick Bonino, Kyle Turris, Colton Sissons and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville while Pekka Rinne made 23 saves. Rinne had been winless in his previous nine appearances against the Wings.

Andreas Athanasiou scored his first goal of the season for host Detroit, which has lost 11 of its last 12 games. Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Bernier combined for 20 saves for the Red Wings.

Athanasiou scored the lone goal of the first period at 2:35. Filip Hronek slid a pass from the right point to the left circle, where Athanasiou wristed it over Rinne's right pad. Valtteri Filppula also picked up an assist.

Dylan Larkin nearly gave Detroit a two-goal lead during a power pay later in the period when he tipped a shot past Rinne but the puck struck the goalpost.

Nashville tied it two minutes into the second period. Bonino tipped a shot from the point by Dan Hamhuis past Howard for his eighth goal of the season.

The Predators took the lead at 5:32 of the period on Turris' goal. The Wings turned the puck over near the blue line and Turris flicked a knuckler that got past Howard on the glove side.

Little more than a minute later, Sissons scored his fifth goal. He fired a shot from the right side that deflected off Larkin's stick and got past Howard on his stick side. Ryan Ellis and Rinne collected the assists.

Howard was pulled after Duchene scored at the 7:36 mark. His shot from the left side deflected off a defenseman following another Detroit turnover in its end. Mattias Ekholm was credited with an assist.

Larkin and Ellis were given five-minute fighting penalties later in the period, with Larking getting an additional two-minute penalty. The Predators then scored again during the ensuing power play. Duchene scored his second goal of the night and fourth of the season on a rebound. Forsberg and Roman Josi had the assists.

Josi picked up his second assist on Forsberg's goal 6:52 into the third period.

--Field Level Media

The Detroit Red Wings find themselves at the bottom of the conference standings due to a fundamental flaw: They can't score.

When they finished with the worst record in the NHL last season, they averaged a league-low 2.0 goals per game.

Through 21 games this season, they're averaging a league-worst 1.86 goals per game. Detroit comes into its home game against Nashville on Thursday frustrated and baffled by its inability to generate production. The Red Wings were shut out by the Predators 2-0 on Tuesday.

"You want to score and have the puck on your stick to make plays," team captain Dylan Larkin said. "We've played good defense and we've had great goaltending. But to win games you have to score goals and we didn't (Tuesday). It's frustrating, but you have to shoot pucks, and we have to find a way to get the power play going. Everyone wants to score goals; we have to score goals."

The Red Wings have been shut out three times and scored a single goal in five other games. Their punchless power play has been a particularly vexing issue. They haven't scored a man-advantage goal in 13 consecutive games and have just four power play goals all season.

Nashville had nine more shots on goal (33-24) than the Red Wings.

"We were fine structurally. We were fine how we played, but our individual players' execution and battle level wasn't good enough," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We needed to execute better. The battle level was fine, but if we're not close to 100-percent range, we're not putting ourselves in position to win hockey games. We tried to make plays that weren't there, and that bogged us down."

The Red Wings will be wrapping up a six-game homestand. They're 1-3-1 since returning from a six-game road trip.

Detroit hasn't scored more than two goals in its last five games.

"We don't score enough, and we didn't make it hard enough on (Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne)," Larkin said. "We had some good looks, but not many second or third opportunities."

The Predators will be seeking their third straight victory. They defeated Columbus 4-2 on Saturday.

"Everybody in the room felt good, felt confident after that huge win in Columbus, and I think it showed (Tuesday)," forward Eeli Tolvanen said. "All four lines were playing great, and we didn't give them much. Our offense was really good, our defense was good, and I think we played a really hard game."

Tolvanen and Filip Forsberg scored third-period power play goals. The tally for 21-year-old Tolvanen was the third of his career.

"We came on in the third period, played really well, special teams were a big difference in the game, and I felt (Rinne) held the fort when they made a push later in the third," coach John Hynes said. "It's nice to see us now be able to string some games together. We've played more to the identity we wanted to play with, and it's good to see."

Nashville is finishing off a four-game road swing. It was supposed to play six games but had two postponements due to severe weather conditions in Dallas. The Predators are 2-1 against the Red Wings this season.

--Field Level Media

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  • @Columbus L 0 - 3
  • @Dallas D 0 - 0
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3 7
  • @Carolina L 2 - 5
  • @Columbus L 1 - 4
  • @Chicago L 2 - 7
  • @Chicago W 5 - 3
  • Nashville W 2 - 5
  • Nashville L 2 - 0
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  • Florida L 7 - 2
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Last Meetings

  • Predators @ Red Wings 2-5
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  • Red Wings @ Predators 4-2
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  • Red Wings @ Predators 5-3
  • Red Wings @ Predators 3-2
  • Predators @ Red Wings 3-4
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  • Red Wings @ Predators 3-1

Eastern Conference

AtlanticWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Toronto Maple Leafs184238 9-0-39-0-18756L17-0-2
Tampa Bay Lightning154131 9-0-16-0-37139L27-0-3
Florida Panthers134228 7-0-36-0-16760L25-0-3
Boston Bruins125226 5-0-17-0-46052L15-0-4
Montreal Canadiens106424 4-0-56-0-17165L12-0-4
Ottawa Senators816117 5-0-63-0-106795L16-0-4
Detroit Red Wings716317 4-0-63-0-105487L33-0-6
Buffalo Sabres612214 2-0-74-0-54865L52-0-7

Western Conference

CentralWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Winnipeg Jets157030 9-0-46-0-37862L17-0-3
St. Louis Blues138026 4-0-69-0-27573L36-0-4
Minnesota Wild127125 5-0-37-0-46254L26-0-3
Colorado Avalanche127125 5-0-37-0-46148L16-0-4
Chicago Blackhawks127226 6-0-36-0-47368L17-0-3
Nashville Predators1012020 7-0-53-0-75168L15-0-5
Dallas Stars67214 4-0-22-0-54647L31-0-6

Eastern Conference

MetropolitanWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Carolina Hurricanes166133 7-0-19-0-58162L36-0-3
Washington Capitals135228 7-0-36-0-27570L17-0-2
New York Islanders136329 8-0-05-0-66352L17-0-2
Philadelphia Flyers125125 6-0-26-0-36762L15-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins129125 8-0-24-0-76871L16-0-4
New York Rangers99220 5-0-64-0-35955L15-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets910321 6-0-43-0-66678L53-0-5
New Jersey Devils710014 2-0-85-0-24760L43-0-7

Western Conference

PacificWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Vegas Golden Knights144028 10-0-24-0-26141L27-0-3
Edmonton Oilers1411028 6-0-88-0-38078L36-0-4
Arizona Coyotes109121 6-0-64-0-35966L24-0-4
Calgary Flames1011222 4-0-46-0-75970L13-0-6
Los Angeles Kings98321 3-0-36-0-56259L36-0-2
Vancouver Canucks915220 5-0-64-0-97490L13-0-5
San Jose Sharks810117 2-0-46-0-65977L14-0-5
Anaheim Ducks612315 3-0-73-0-54869L81-0-7

Last Injuries

Detroit Red Wings

  • Tyler Bertuzzi

    Upper Body
    Mid March | I-R

    Bertuzzi has ended up on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury, and he is expected to be sidelined until the middle of March.

  • Dylan Larkin

    Upper Body
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Larkin has sat out the last two contests with an upper-body injury, and it is unknown if he will lace up for Tuesday's battle with the Lightning.

  • Troy Stecher

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Stecher has been shuttled to the injured reserve list due to a lower-body injury, and the severity of the injury is unknown.

  • Robby Fabbri

    Undisclosed
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Fabbri sat out the last game due to an unspecified ailment, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

  • Patrik Nemeth

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Nemeth has wound up the COVID-19 Protocol list, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Vladislav Namestnikov

    Undisclosed
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Namestnikov has missed the previous two games tending to a undisclosed issue, and it is unclear if he will be in the line up Tuesday versus the Predators.

  • Darren Helm

    Lower Body
    Prob Fri | probable

    Helm has missed the last three games with a lower-body injury, but he is likely to be available to face the Panthers on Friday.

Nashville Predators

  • Ryan Ellis

    Upper Body
    Mid April | I-R

    Ellis has been assigned to the injured reserve list due to an upper-body injury, and he is projected to miss four to six weeks.

  • Luke Kunin

    Lower Body
    Early April | I-R

    Kunin has been designated for the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury, and he is expected to be sidelined for two to four weeks.

  • Juuse Saros

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Saros has been posted to the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury, and he is without a definitive timetable for recovery.

  • Mark Borowiecki

    Upper Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Borowiecki missed the previous game with an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will face the Panthers on Thursday.

  • Ryan Johansen

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Johansen has wound up the COVID-19 Protocol list, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Jarred Tinordi

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Tinordi has been shuttled to the COVID-19 Protocol list, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Mathieu Olivier

    Upper Body
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Olivier has been activated from the injured reserve list after recovering from an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will return against the Hurricanes on Tuesday.

  • Brad Richardson

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Richardson will be on the injured reserve list for an extended period due to an upper-body injury.