The Nashville Predators were coming off of an embarrassing loss to the Edmonton Oilers and had several players called out by head coach Barry Trotz. They also had the daunting task of going into Joe Louis Arena against the Central Division leading Detroit Red Wings. Recipe for success, right? Well, apparently so.
Nashville defeated Detroit by a 4-1 score in a record setting game for the franchise. It was Nashville's 10th win in Joe Louis Arena in franchise history, and it was the first time they had won by more than one goal.
Martin Erat got the scoring going in the first when he fired a shot on the 2 on 1 rush. He ripped one past Jimmy Howard while Marcel Goc was driving towards the net. Later on in the 1st, David Legwand put home the rebound of a Ryan Suter slapshot to put the Preds up 2-0. Marcel Goc was hurt in the 1st period and did not return the rest of the game. He's not supposed to miss any more additional time and is expected to play Saturday against Colorado.
The Preds picked up where they left off in the 2nd period. Colin Wilson drove to the net and scored to put the Preds up 3-0. Sergei Kostitsyn scored the 4th goal of the game on the power-play after a Shea Weber blast from the point. Kostitsyn was down low at the net.
The Red Wings would tally one goal in the 2nd period, but wouldn't get any closer. Pekka Rinne had a sensational night in goal. He's 7-2-2 all time versus the Red Wings.
Did anybody else notice a common theme? Each and every Predators goal that was scored was due to somebody driving to the net. That's probably something the Predators should keep doing.
The Preds will play the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. The puck will drop at 7:00 central time.