Five games into franchise history, Mike Dunham’s 52-save effort against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena still stands as one of the most impressive single-game goaltending performances in franchise history. The save total registered in that night’s 5-2 defeat, Nashville’s first game against the then-defending Stanley Cup Champion Red Wings, still stands as the franchise’s record for most stops in a single game.
Perhaps most impressive that night was that Dunham kept the young Predators in the game, despite the feeling that the visitors from Nashville spent most of the tilt skating uphill. Detroit took a one-goal lead into the third period despite having outshot Nashville 40-7 through two periods, and the Predators tied the game at 1-1 only 1:04 into the third period. The Johnson City, N.Y., native, who now serves as the New York Islanders’ goaltending coach, stopped all 27 shots he faced in the second period, also a single-period franchise record.