The NHL is set up with a great night of action throughout February 13. Ten games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these games will be between the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators. These two teams have struggled this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Red Wings have earned a record of 3-10-2 throughout this season, which has them sitting in last place of the Central Division. Detroit has lost two straight games entering this one and ten of their last eleven. The Red Wings will look to get back in the win column against a struggling Predators team. If Detroit can get the offense going, it could help them earn the win.
Nashville has posted a record of 6-8 to this point in the season, which has them in seventh place of the Central Division. The Predators earned a win in their last game, which ended a three game losing streak. Nashville has not been very impressive this season, but still has plenty of time to turn it around. The Predators need to win games like this one if they want to get back in the playoff race.
These two teams have not been doing well to open up this season. I expect a good matchup though as these two teams meet up for the second straight time. The first game on Thursday night was a closely contested matchup, which should help lead to another exciting game in this one. If either team can come out strong in this one, they could grab the win on Saturday night.
The Red Wings and the Predators met up two times last season. Nashville hosted the first game on October 5. Mattias Ekholm scored a goal and an assist on the night, while Matt Duchene had two assists. It was not enough for the Predators though. Tyler Bertuzzi had two goals and two assists and Anthony Mantha had a goal and two assists. Dylan Larkin and Luke Glendening each had a goal and an assist to lead Detroit to a 5-3 win.
The second game of the season series shifted to Detroit on November 4. Andreas Athanasiou scored the opening goal for the Red Wings, but this time it was not enough. Matt Duchene had two goals, while Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist. Roman Josi added two assists as well. Pekka Rinne turned away 23 of 24 shots to help give the Predators a 6-1 win.
Nashville hosted the first game of the season series on February 11. Robby Fabbri and Marc Staal both had a goal for the Red Wings, which was not enough. Ryan Ellis, Matt Duchene and Dante Fabbro all scored for the Predators. Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg each had two assists as well. Pekka Rinne finished with 24 of 26 shots as Nashville earned a 3-2 win.
These two teams have had some good games over the last two seasons, but it has been the Predators that have won the last two games. Even as Detroit has struggled the last few seasons, they have been able to find success against Nashville. If the Red Wings can come out a bit better on offense in this one, they could knock off the Predators.
Detroit’s special teams have not been good at all this season. The Red Wings have capitalized on 4 of their 47 power play opportunities, which is an 8.5 percent success rate. Detroit has given up 13 goals on 44 penalties against, which is a 70.5 percent penalty kill. The Red Wings need to improve on both sides desperately if they want to improve this season.
The Predators have not been much better on special teams throughout this season. Nashville’s power play has been able to score on 8 of their 53 power play attempts, which is a 15.1 percent power play. The Predators have killed off 36 of their opponents 55 power play chances, which is a lowly 65.5 percent kill rate.
These two teams have been awful on special teams throughout this season so far. The Red Wings have not gotten anything done on their power play, but they have a chance to get going against Nashville’s penalty kill. Detroit went 0-4 on the power play on Thursday night, while the Predators scored on 1 of their 4 power play chances.
I expect Jonathan Bernier to get the start in the crease for the Red Wings on Saturday night. Bernier has started in four games this season, earning a record of 2-1. He has put up a save percentage of .881 and a 3.54 GAA in those games. Bernier’s last start was against the Dallas Stars on January 28. He stopped 16 of 19 shots before leaving with injury.
Juuse Saros will likely get the nod between the pipes for Nashville in this one. Saros has posted a record of 3-4 through his games played this season. He has earned a .881 save percentage and a GAA of 3.68 in those starts. Saros finished with 24 saves on 30 shots in his last start against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which led to a loss.
These two goalies have not had the best starts to this season. Bernier has been out for a little while with injury, but should be able to go in this one. If Bernier does get the start, I expect him to try and come out hot to help the Red Wings get back on track. Saros has struggled through the early part of this season, but will look to shut down Detroit’s struggling offense.
The Red Wings have not gotten much going this season, but I think that they will have a chance to knock off this disappointing Nashville team. The Predators have not been great early in the season, but one the first meeting of the season series with a last minute goal. Detroit will look to come out quick in this one as they try to erase Thursday night’s loss.
BetOnline has Nashville listed as a -169 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Predators will win this game around 62.8 percent of the time. I think that this line is too high. The Red Wings kept it close with Nashville on Thursday night. If Detroit can play a little bit better on the offensive end, I think they can bounce back on Saturday night.