NHL Hockey

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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30 BRT, November 4, 2019
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 18,526

Predators aim to end funk, visit Red Wings

Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings

  1. The Predators fell to the Rangers, 2-1, at home on Saturday, the first time they've been held to fewer than two goals this season. The loss dropped them to 28-2-2 in the 2019 calendar year when allowing two or fewer goals -- the other regulation loss came in St. Louis on February 26 (2-0).
  2. Viktor Arvidsson scored Nashville's lone goal against New York, snapping a three-game pointless streak. He had nine points (5G, 4A) in the Predators' first 10 games. Arvidsson has a goal in three of his last four games against the Red Wings.
  3. These teams met in Nashville on October 5, with the Red Wings getting a 5-3 win, the most goals they've scored in a game this season. Since the 2014-15 season, Detroit is 10-1-0 against the Predators, averaging 3.6 goals per game.
  4. The Red Wings lost to the Panthers, 4-0, in Florida on Saturday, dropping to 1-9-1 in their last 11 games after opening the season 3-1-0. In those 11 games, they've been outscored 46-19 -- that 27-goal margin is their largest in an 11-game span since getting outscored by 31 near the end of the 1985-86 season.
  5. Anthony Mantha leads the Red Wings with nine goals, but six of those came in their first four games, when they went 3-1-0. Mantha has at least two shots on goal in all 15 games this season, one of six Red Wings with such a streak to start a season in the last 30 years.
  6. Nashville has been the league's best third-period team this year, outscoring opponents by 11 goals (26 GF, 15 GA). Meanwhile, Detroit has the worst goal differential in the final frame at -13 (11 GF, 24 GA).

The Nashville Predators begin a four-game road trip tied for second place in the Central Division but they're a little annoyed with themselves.

They dropped a pair of one-goal decisions prior to boarding a plane for Detroit, where they'll face the reeling Red Wings on Monday.

Following an overtime loss to Calgary, Nashville went into an offensive funk and lost to the New York Rangers 2-1 on Saturday. The Predators came up empty on three third-period power plays as goalie Juuse Saros' 28-save effort went to waste.

"We've got to be better from the start," forward Viktor Arvidsson said to NHL.com. "We got going in the second and started to play better -- we made a push at the end -- but I think our power play needs to step up and get one more or two. We had chances and (Saros) played great, but we've got to bring it now."

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead early in the second and the Predators couldn't erase the deficit after scoring five goals against the Flames.

"We were chasing the game," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "I actually thought we were at our best parts of the game defensively and fell down 2-0. Kind of unfortunate the way that happened, and then from there you're pressing. ... We missed some opportunities, missed some shots, hit the post a few times and just couldn't seem to get it to fall (Saturday)."

Nashville collected four consecutive victories prior to the losses. Following their trip to the Midwest, it will make stops in Colorado, San Jose and Vancouver.

"We've got to tighten up defensively, play better. But we have a good record, we have a pretty good homestand," Arvidsson said. "We have to go on the road here and get after it."

Detroit opened its season with a 5-3 victory at Nashville that included two Tyler Bertuzzi goals. Very little has gone right for the Wings since that night. They have lost 10 of their last 11 games with all but one of those defeats coming in regulation.

They are coming off two awful performances this weekend, getting blown out at Carolina 7-3 and silenced at Florida, 4-0.

Coach Jeff Blashill questioned the effort of some of his players after the latest loss.

"I thought some of our highly-skilled players didn't compete hard enough tonight," he said. "Not every guy but enough of them. We didn't have enough close to our 'A' games by our best players for different reasons. Maybe it's compete, maybe it's execution. Whatever it might be, we're relying on our young guys and I'll just say a lot of our young guys weren't good enough tonight."

The Wings have been outscored 46-19 during the 11-game stretch. Top defenseman Danny DeKeyser (lower body) and second-line forward Luke Glendening (hand) are on the injured list, which has contributed to the slide.

"I don't think there's any doubt we've been fragile," Blashill said. "We better dig in. We control our confidence. ... We're going to have to find a way to learn from this thing and regroup Monday and play a real game. I thought certainly there was tons of frustration at the end. Probably everybody, including myself."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 3, 2019

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