The special teams battle between Nashville’s penalty killers and Detroit’s power-play has been integral to the first four games between the Predators and Red Wings this season. The Red Wings boast the No. 1 power-play in the league, while the Preds have the league’s fourth ranked penalty kill.
In the season series, the Preds PK unit has held the Wings PP unit off the board in the two Nashville wins, limiting Detroit to just five power-plays in those two games. In the two Detroit wins, the Wings PP unit has converted seven-of-13 power-plays.
Since allowing five power-play goals to the Red Wings on February 18, the Nashville penalty kill has allowed just eight opponent power-play goals – a span of 17 games. In addition, the Preds have tacked on two shorthanded tallies in those 17 games, including a key shorthanded goal by Joel Ward in last night’s 4-3 overtime win over Los Angeles – a goal which tied the game 2-2 in the third period.