Nashville at Detroit (10/30/10)

The Nashville Predators were in town this evening to play the Wings in an important divisional game.  The Predators got off to great start this year.  They came into this contest with a point in all but one of their games this year.  The goalies for tonight’s game were Osgood and Rinne.  Abdelkader returned to Wings’ lineup tonight and Jiri Hudler sat as a healthy scratch.  Babcock has not been happy with the Hudler, Cleary and Modano line and used this opportunity to shake it up a little.

The Red Wings got off to good start.  They played well in the first period.  Osgood was sharp from the beginning.  Datsyuk and Stuart both scored in the first, so it was two to nothing at the first intermission.

The Wings eased off a bit in the second period and started turning the puck over too much.  Luckily Osgood continued playing well and didn’t let things get out of hand.  The Predators did score a goal in the second, though.  Datsyuk also scored a beauty of a goal after being tied up along the boards.  He broke for the net and put it through the five hole.  He’s really been building up the highlight reel footage so far this year!

The Wings got back on track in the third period.  They scored two more goals.  Nashville managed to bag another goal as well but it was too little too late for them.  They didn’t even bother pulling the goalie at the end.

The Red Wings’ penalty kill was great in this game.  They killed off all five of the opportunities for the Nashville power play.  Although to be fair the Nashville power play has been awful this year.

This was a great recovery for the Wings after getting beat by Phoenix in the previous game.  It was also a nice way to set up the three game Western Canada road trip that starts in Calgary on Wednesday.

This 2-5 win brings us to:
13 points

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