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Red Wings get critical win, Howard silences Preds

Apr 14, 2013, 10:23 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 14: Rich Clune #16 of the Nashville Predators battles in the crease against goalie Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL game at the Bridgestone Arena on April 14, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 14: Rich Clune #16 of the Nashville Predators battles in the crease against goalie Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL game at the Bridgestone Arena on April 14, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

18-year-old forward Filip Forsberg logged 18:37 minutes in his debut with the Nashville Predators on Sunday, but he was on the ice for two Detroit goals as the Red Wings sailed to a 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators.

Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, and Justin Abdelkader each scored their respective ninth goal of the season for the Red Wings.

After losing three straight games and with their 21-season playoffs streak in serious jeopardy, the Red Wings badly needed this win. Fortunately they came face-to-face with a Nashville Predators team that has been struggling offensively.

Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard handed the Nashville Predators their third shutout loss in five games and fourth in their last nine contests. Nashville has been in a free fall for a while now and have all-but been eliminated for the playoffs.

The Red Wings on the other hand might be playing hockey into May. They entered this game tied with the Dallas Stars in points, but in ninth place because of the tiebreaker. The Red Wings still have a long road ahead of them if they want to advance to the postseason, but this win is a big step in the right direction.

The Red Wings will get two days to rest before they play in Calgary on Wednesday.

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  1. xoscroggsxo - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Way to go wings!!

  2. canucks30 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Nashville might just have the most anemic offense in NHL history.

    They have been shut out 9 times this season.

    9!

    Other than Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne there just isn’t much there.

  3. hines86for6 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    that’s not so. a quick examination shows the Predators are trotting out a mostly AHL offense. Arguably their top 3 forwards have been shut down due to injury i.e. Mike Fisher, Colin Wilson, Gabriel Bourque. Not to mention the NHL’s best faceoff specialist, Paul Gaustad, who was leading the NHL in % at 59.5 before he last played a couple weeks ago.

    throw in the Erat trade and an already thin team offensive is left barren.

    Acknowledging the lack of imminent offensive power makes playing the long game with Forsberg all that much smarter for GM Poile.

    We still have the best young defenseman in the league and a top 3 goalie. You can build around that all day long.

    • langforc - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      I must respectfully disagree with you on the Preds having the best young defenceman in the league. He is certainly one of them but not the best, IMO.

      Getting Forsberg was amazing for the Preds and I cannot believe the Caps traded him.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Howard living up to billing…

    No swimming, five hole secure, stopped breakaways, standing up…excellent example of how he can play if ready and composed.

    Dekeyseeeeeeer…he’s a dandy!

    Don’t sell Nashville short…malcontents gone and Forsberg, pure theft! They could be next year’s buzz…

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