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At a Glance: Nashville

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Friday, 02.22.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / Preview
By Bill Roose  - DetroitRedWings.com
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At a Glance: Nashville

DETROIT – The Red Wings continue a three-game homestand in four days when they welcome the Nashville Predators to Joe Louis Arena on Saturday evening.

Despite out-shooting the Preds on Tuesday, the Red Wings – other than Pavel Datsyuk, who made a pitch for spectaulat goal of the year – couldn’t get more than three pucks behind goalie Pekka Rinne in Nashville.

It wasn’t the Finnish netminder’s finest game of the year, but it was good enough for his seventh win, nonetheless. Though his 1.67 goals-against average (fourth in the NHL) and a .935 save percentage (third-best) is rather impressive.

“Pekka Rinne’s not bad,” Babcock said. “They got one of the best goalies in the world and Weber’s one of the best D in the world and they’ve done a good job drafting. They just all play hard and they’re organized. I think they’ve been doing a good job. I’ve been in Detroit eight years now, every year they’ve been good.”

The Predators squandered a 2-0 first-period lead to the Red Wings on Tuesday. Detroit battled back and managed to get a point when the game went to overtime. But playing catch-up hockey has been a problem all season for the Wings.

“Obviously, I thought we did a lot of good things,” Babcock said. “I thought we battled hard. We had lots of good players, and in the end we didn’t have enough of those. We didn’t get it done. In this league you don’t get many moral victories. I thought our guys competed hard. Our penalty kill was good. We were shorthanded too many times, six times. But all in all, we had some real competitive players and we had a couple of guys who didn’t show.”

Those players will need to show up if the Wings are to get two-points out of the Predators.

Shea Weber
Defense - NSH
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 7
SOG: 44 | +/-: 2
PLAYER TO WATCH

D SHEA WEBER It was an absolutely horrendous start to the 2013 season for Weber, who went 14-plus games before he scored his first goal of the shortened campaign. However, the 6-foot-4 defenseman has been heating up recently with three goals and three assists in his past four contests, including two points and the game-winner when he scored 44-seconds into overtime against the Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday. Weber has a big-time point shot, but it was his play Tuesday, where he jumped in the play, skating deep into the offensive zone and firing home a rebound past Jonas Gustavsson for the Predators’ win. … It was Weber’s third career game-winner against Detroit, a personal best vs. any NHL club.

NUMEROLOGY

Season Series: 0-0-1

2011-12 Season Series: 3-3-0

All-Time Series Season: 46-24-4-8

Nashville’s Season Record: 8-4-5

Top Scorer vs. Red Wings: David Legwand – 1 Goal, 4 Assists in 6 Games.

Red Wings’ Top Scorer – Henrik Zetterberg – 2 Goals, 5 Assists in 7 Games.

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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
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80