The Nashville Predators defeated the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night by a 3-1 score in front of a sold-out crowd at Bridgestone Arena. Pekka Rinne stopped 39 out of 40 Detroit shots to help Nashville secure the victory.
Dan Cleary got the Red Wings on the board with a power-play goal in the 1st period after a great pass by Henrik Zetterberg. The goal came after a Sergei Kostitsyn elbowing call along the boards.
In the 2nd period, Nashville would respond when Blake Geoffrion tipped it in on a pass by Patric Hornqvist. It was the first goal that Geoffrion has scored on home ice since being called up by the Predators. The 2nd period would end in a 1-1 tie.
Jonathon Blum would score the game-winning goal in the 3rd period on the power-play when the puck trickled out to him on Jimmy Howard's right side. Blum had a wide open net to shoot into and didn't miss. The Red Wings came after the Preds with a fury towards the end of the 3rd period, but Nashville was able to ice the game when David Legwand scored the empty-netter. With the win, Nashville moves back into the top 8 in the Western Conference.
Now, the Preds have to travel to Buffalo for a game on Sunday with the Sabres. Buffalo is also in 8th place in their respective conference, so both teams are going to play with desperation.
Barry Trotz has indicated that there is a 50/50 chance that Anders Lindback will start the game versus Buffalo. Personally, I think Lindback should start because Pekka has got to be tired. Lindback is capable of doing an adequate job in net, which he has proven earlier this year.
The game in Buffalo will start at 4:00 P.M. Both teams played on Saturday night, and both teams won Saturday night. Buffalo absolutely destroyed the Atlanta Thrashers by an 8-2 score, so they are definitely going to be feeling confident going into Sunday's game. The Preds will also be confident after knocking off one of the league's best teams in Detroit.
This is a critical game for both teams because both of them are clinging on to the last playoff spots in their conferences. Nashville and Buffalo are both going to desperately want the two points. This is one of only three remaining road games for the Predators. The game will be broadcasted on FS-Tennessee.