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Three Questions: Wings-Predators

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 54th game

Tuesday, 02.10.2009 / 10:43 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Predators
What was the turning point of the game?

With the Predators climbing back into the game, Henrik Zetterberg provided the knockout punch three minutes into the third period. The Wings jumped out to an early three-goal lead, but it was Zetterberg’s tally that made the game 4-2 and finally out of reach for the Predators. The eventual game-winning goal was all started by Brian Rafalski, who made a half-ice pass from behind his own goal to Dan Cleary. Cleary made a great play by taking the hit and redirecting the puck towards center ice, where Zetterberg grabbed the puck and took off toward the Nashville end. Cutting to the right side of the slot, he protected the puck then fired a backhander to the far side of the net, beating goaltender Pekka Rinne to the left post. It was Zetterbreg’s 20th goal of the season, and it turned out to be the game’s biggest play.

What was the top statistic of the night?


If you missed the first period, then you missed a franchise record. The Red Wings fired shot after shot toward the Nashville goal, and finished with 27 – the most in team history for a first-period total. In only seven minutes, Detroit had recorded 13 shots, and held Nashville to zero. When the period ended, the Predators had only recorded eight shots. The Wings did so by winning faceoffs and controlling the puck, and it resulted in them out-shooting the Predators, 51-21. The Wings ran into a hot goaltender, who made 47 saves, but they still got the victory by firing shots until they beat him enough.

Who were the Wings’ players of the game?


I already mentioned their line once, but the Zetterberg-Cleary-Pavel Datsyuk combination played well Tuesday night. Zetterberg scored two goals and picked up an assist, and Datsyuk had the same numbers. Cleary did his job as well, mucking it up as a net-front presence. He is the man responsible for the game’s first goal, as he worked his way into Rinne’s vision so Datsyuk could rip the puck into the back of the goal. Cleary's assist on Zetterberg’s goal gave the line seven points - not bad for one 60-minute game.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80