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Petr Mrazek makes 42 saves in Red Wings shutout

Mike Green scores only goal against Predators

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Petr Mrazek made 42 saves for his first shutout of the season and Mike Green scored to give the Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Mrazek made 17 saves in the third period.

"It feels great, my first shutout of the year," Mrazek said. "What I said two days ago, if we win 5-4 or 1-0, the most important thing is you bring home two points."

 

WATCH: All Red Wings vs. Predators highlights

 

The Red Wings (22-21-9) have won two games in a row, including 5-4 against the New York Islanders with Mrazek in goal Friday, and are 5-2-3 in their past 10.

The Predators (25-19-8) lost in regulation at home for the first time since Dec. 29 (4-1-2).

Green scored at 18:30 of the first period on a wrist shot from the high slot. He controlled a pass from forward Henrik Zetterberg and beat Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne for his 10th goal.

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"It took us, I think, half a period to get our legs, but once we did we sustained pressure in their zone," Green said. "We had shifts like [Zetterberg's] more throughout the whole lineup. I think it wore them down a little bit." 

Predators defenseman Roman Josi returned after missing nine games with a concussion.

"I thought [Josi] was good," coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's difficult coming back when you've been out of it. When you miss one or two games, it's OK. I think when you start missing seven, 10, 12 games, then it becomes a little bit more difficult just getting your timing in. I thought he did a pretty good job."

Video: DET@NSH: Rinne makes a pair of tough saves in the 3rd

 

Goal of the game

Zetterberg directed the puck off the boards to Green, who shot through traffic.

Video: DET@NSH: Green wires a wrister through traffic

 

Save of the game

Mrazek made a save on Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush in the third period. Predators forward Filip Forsberg passed the puck to Jarnkrok in the slot but Mrazek got his pad on the shot.

Video: DET@NSH: Mrazek turns away Jarnkrok on odd-man rush

 

Unsung performance of the game

The Red Wings penalty kill allowed three shots on three power-play opportunities in the third period.

 

Highlight of the game

Mrazek made a glove save on James Neal at 18:36 of the first period. Neal broke in the zone and took a shot on Mrazek's glove side while the goalie was leaning to the stick side.

Video: DET@NSH: Mrazek flashes the leather to rob Neal

 

They said it

"Belief. I've said this before that we need to go on a run. In order to go on a run, we need a goalie to get hot, and I know [Mrazek] can get hot. I've seen it in the [American Hockey League], I've seen it last year in the NHL. Last year in January he was probably the best goalie in the League, so I guess 'belief' would be the word in why I went back to him." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on why he started Petr Mrazek on back-to-back nights

 

"I think our guys have been playing hard, playing well. We've been putting a lot of wins in the column. I think if you play this game over you probably win it nine times out of 10. Tonight, we lost it. Their goaltender played terrific, but I thought we were pretty good defensively. When we did make some mistakes or have some breakdowns, [Rinne] played really well for us tonight. Just one of those nights it's unfortunate you don't get the points." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette

 

Need to know

Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall missed the game and is day to day with a lower-body injury. … Josi was tied for the Predators lead with five shots on goal in his return. He played 20:28. … Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen missed the game with an upper-body injury and is day to day. … Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith returned after missing 13 games with a knee injury. … The Predators acquired forward Vernon Fiddler from the New Jersey Devils on Saturday in a trade for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

 

What's next

Red Wings: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-D, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Green, Mrazek lead Red Wings past Predators, 1-0

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