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At a Glance: Nashville

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Friday, 02.22.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / Preview
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | 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 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89