Nashville at Detroit (12/8/10)

You know you’re spoiled when two games in a row with no points feels like a slump. It does feel like a slump, but only because we Red Wings fans are so used to seeing them win. Let’s try to keep that in perspective.

It was division rival, the Nashville Predators who handed Detroit their third loss in a row and second regulation loss in a row. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and newcomer Anders Lindback.

The Red Wings were given the day off Tuesday after running out of gas in the loss to San Jose on Monday night. Even with the rest though, they just seemed to be out worked by the Predators.

Nashville scored the first goal of the game in the final minute of the first period. It was a demoralizing way for the Wings to end the period. Then the Predators scored again early in the second.

Datsyuk scored a beauty of a goal that showed off his hand eye coordination. He batted the puck out of the air and into the net with the shaft of his stick.

In the third period the Wings were pressing to try to catch up. They got caught in an odd man rush and Dumont beat Howard cleanly over the glove. It was a high shot up around the shoulder that’s very hard to stop.

Toward the end, with Howard at the bench for the extra man, Franzen scored with a nice wrister. That brought the Wings to within a goal but they just couldn’t get a third one to tie it up.

The Wings haven’t played well the last few games but every team goes through stretches like that. It’s nothing for the fans to worry about. The players and coaches will make adjustments and everything will be fine.

The Red Wings are still sitting comfortably atop the Western Conference. In my opinion this is the best Red Wings team since the 2001/02 season. Let’s not panic!

The Wings have back to back games on Friday and Saturday against Eastern Conference teams, Montreal and New Jersey. That should make for a welcome change of pace for them.

This 3-2 loss brings us to:
37 points

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