Predators have their chances, get no goals at Detroit

Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 9:39pm
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators lost a defenseman Saturday. More importantly, they failed to find their offense.

Nashville went scoreless for the second time in as many days in a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

It was the fifth time this season (20 games) the Predators failed to score a goal but the first time it happened in back-to-back games. They were shut out just three times in all of 2011-12 (82 games).

Goalie Jimmy Howard made 33 saves in his first shutout of the season. Niklas Kronwall had a goal and two assists and Pavel Datsyuk had two assists for the Red Wings, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

Nashville started with seven defensemen but played the entire third period without Hal Gill, who sustained a lower body injury.

The Predators had a 33-27 edge in shots and some prime scoring chances but failed to convert. Craig Smith led all players on both teams with six shots, one short of his career-high, and Rich Clune added four.

Nashville’s most recent goal was Shea Weber’s game-winner in overtime Tuesday against the Red Wings. Friday it lost 1-0 at home to the Vancouver Canucks.

The Predators will conclude a stretch of five games in eight days Monday when they host the Dallas Stars (7 p.m., Bridgestone Arena). The Stars are one of three Western Conference teams Nashville has yet to face this season.

7 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 2/23/13 at 10:33

Tough loss. Bounce back next game. For our resident troll, this game was in Detroit. Oh wait! You don't pay any attention to that.

By: 4gold on 2/24/13 at 10:01

Only way this team can win a game is if Rinne pitches a shut out and a goal bounces in off someones skate. They have absolutely stick skills on the entire team. I dont think Webers slap shot has scrores since the late goal against the Ducks two years ago in the playoffs. 4-0 how embarrassing. I guess Too Too is glad he moved to the ghetto.
Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: Rasputin72 on 2/24/13 at 10:19

Ice hockey may be one of the most disinteresting sports I have ever watched. However I love the fanaticism of their fan base. I give great credit to the owners for doing their best to win a Stanley Cup.

While football is truly an exciting sport the differences between the motives of the Titans ownership and the Predators ownership is like comparing ice cream and dung.

By: TITAN1 on 2/24/13 at 1:32

You being the dung.

By: Rasputin72 on 2/24/13 at 3:34

Titan1..........Don't forget your vacation bible school days.

By: TITAN1 on 2/24/13 at 9:27

I was just helping you out.

By: sharko20 on 2/24/13 at 9:49

Detroit is # 1 on Forbes' list of most miserable cities in which to live. The Preds have certainly had a couple of bad games, but at least Nashville doesn't need to be bull dozed.