Preds beat Wings as Trotz reaches milestone…
The Nashville Predators defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at Joe Louis Arena to move into 4th in the Western Conference on the night Head Coach Barry Trotz achieves a major milestone. Trotz recorded his 500th victory as Preds bench boss placing him in company with only 4 other coaches in the history of the NHL.
The Preds came out strong in this contest & really played well in the 1st period out chancing the Wings & winning seemingly every battle. No scoring in the 1st period, but some solid play. G Pekka Rinne was the story for much of the 2nd period as the Preds took 3 minor penalties putting the dangerous Wings PP on the ice at one point for almost 4 consecutive mins.
Rinne & the PK were up to the task including a highlight reel save on Henrik Zetterberg with the glove while sprawled on the ice. Preds break through at 13:05 when Jordin Tootoo makes a poised play to keep a puck in at the blue line & fire a pass to Gabriel Bourque, who spun & fired home a wrist shot making the score 1-0. With only 33 seconds left in the period there was a major scrum for a loose puck in front of the Detroit net & it was cleaned up by scoring machine Francis Bouillon to make the score 2-0 at the end of two periods.
At 2:40 of the 3rd period Andrei Kostitsyn made a great pass from the corner to a wide open & crashing Alex Radulov who finished with ease for his 2nd Goal since returning from the KHL. Shea Weber added an empty netter & the Preds jumped on a plane to ready for the Chicago Blackhawks on Sat night in Smashville.
There are no injuries listed at this time.
The bottom line…..
The Nashville Predators are 45-25-8 (98 Pts) with 4 games remaining and sit 2nd in The Central Division, 8 Pts behind St Louis (4 GR).
-In the Western Conference the Predators are in 4th, with the chase pack: 5 Detroit (97 Pts 4 GR), 6 Chicago (95 Pts 4 GR), 7 Dallas (89 Pts 4 GR), 8 Phoenix (89 Pts 4 GR), 9 San Jose (88 4 GR).
-The Predators head home for a 3 game home stand Sat Vs Chicago, Tues Vs Minnesota, & Thurs Vs Dallas (Final home game).
-The Preds picked up 4 of a possible 6 points wrapping up the 3 game road trip.
-F Alex Radulov has recorded 5 points in 5 games since returning from the KHL.
-D Francis Bouillon scored his 2nd goal in 3 games.
-G Pekka Rinne now leads all goalies with 5 Assists (he had one Vs Detroit).
-F Jordin Tootoo had an assist Vs Detroit & now has 30 Points on season (previous high 18).
-G Pekka Rinne leads the NHL in wins with 42 & has now played in 70 games (previous high 64 last season).
Leg-watch 500- With 1A Vs Detroit, David Legwand now has 498 points in his career (187 G 311 A) with the Predators.