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Preds vs. Wings At A Glance

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

The Predators open the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs with a Western Conference Quarterfinals matchup against the Detroit Red Wings. The Predators went 3-3-2 against the Red Wings during the regular season.

Here's a quick look back at the regular season series between the Preds and Wings.

Game-by-Game Results
Nov. 7 at Detroit: Red Wings 3, Predators 2 (SO)
Osgood vs. Mason (Datsyuk SO winner)     Game Highlights
A valiant third-period comeback by the Nashville Predators earned the squad a valuable point in the standings Wednesday night, though they fell to Detroit in a shootout, 3-2, at Joe Louis Arena. The Preds battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the final eight minutes of regulation getting goals from Ryan Suter and J.P. Dumont in addition to a heroic 43-save performance by goaltender Chris Mason.

Nov. 22 at Sommet Center: Predators 3, Red Wings 2
Mason vs. Hasek (Bonk GWG)    Game Highlights
A Radek Bonk power play goal at 2:22 of the third, and solid penalty killing all night lifted the Nashville Predators to a clutch, 3-2 win over the rival Detroit Red Wings in front of 14,346 at the Sommet Center on Thanksgiving night. The Predators end a stretch of eight consecutive contests against Central Division opponents with a robust 5-1-2 record, and they are now 7-1-2 in the month of November.

Dec. 10 at Sommet Center: Red Wings 2, Predators 1
Osgood vs. Ellis (Filppula GWG)    Game Highlights
Two early goals, one coming via a penalty shot, was the difference as the Nashville Predators outplayed the Detroit Red Wings in the final 40 minutes of regulation, but fell short by a 2-1 margin on Monday night at the Sommet Center. It was the first time in three games this season that the Predators had not earned a point against the top team in the National Hockey League.

Feb. 12 at Sommet Center: Predators 4, Red Wings 2
Mason vs. Osgood/Howard (Dumont GWG)     Game Highlights
The Predators scored on three of their first four shots to grab a 3-0 lead 8:49 into the game and then cruised to a 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the Sommet Center. Chris Mason was stellar in net, stopping 40 shots and limited the league's second-highest scoring team to just two power-play goals.

Mar. 9 at Detroit: Red Wings 4, Predators 3
Hasek vs. Mason (Franzen GWG)     Game Highlights
The Predators and Red Wings combined to score seven times, none five-on-five, in a special teams slug-fest as Detroit held off Nashville's furious three-goal third period come back attempt for a 4-3 win at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday afternoon. Detroit scored a five-on-three power-play goal, two five-on-four power-play goals, and a four-on-four even strength goal, while Nashville countered with two five-on-four power-play goals and a six-on-five extra-attacker score with the goalie pulled.

Mar. 15 at Detroit: Predators 3, Red Wings 1
Ellis vs. Osgood (Peverley GWG)     Game Highlights
Dan Ellis backstopped a huge defensive performance with 34 saves as the Predators limited the Red Wings high powered offense to one goal in Nashville's 3-1 win at Detroit on Saturday afternoon. The Predators got balanced offensive contributions with seven different players each recording a point.

Mar. 20 at Sommet Center: Red Wings 6, Predators 3
Ellis/Mason vs. Hasek (Franzen GWG)     Game Highlights
Alexander Radulov scored a pair of goals, including a rally-starting tally 2:17 into the third period, but Johan Franzen scored the go-ahead goal at the 7:45 mark of the third period and Dominik Hasek made several key saves down the stretch as the Red Wings held off the Predators 6-3 in an intense, physical game at Sommet Center on Thursday night.

Mar. 30 at Detroit: Red Wings 1, Predators 0 (OT)
Hasek vs. Ellis (Franzen OT goal)     Game Highlights
Dan Ellis made 35 saves as the Predators earned a key point despite suffering a 1-0 overtime loss at Detroit on Sunday afternoon. Ellis posted a shutout streak of 233:39, not only a team record, but also the longest streak in the NHL this season.

Goals by Period
1 2 3 OT Total
Predators 6 4 9 0 19
Red Wings 7 9 3 1 20

Special Teams:
Nashville- Power-Play: 4-45 (8.9%)Penalty Kill: 43-53 (81.1%)
Detroit    -  Power-Play: 10-53 (18.9%)Penalty Kill: 41-45 (91.1%)

Individual Leaders:
Martin Erat8 gp, 4g-4a (8 pts), +4
Alexander Radulov8 gp, 4g-3a (7 pts), +2
J.P. Dumont8 gp, 2g-5a (7 pts), +1
Jason Arnott8 gp, 1g-5a (6 pts), +5

Chris Mason5 gp, 2-2-2, 2.80 GAA, .924 SV%
Dan Ellis4 gp, 1-1-1, 1.75 GAA, .950 SV%

Johan Franzen8 gp, 6g-2a (8 pts), -1
Pavel Datsyuk8 gp, 3g-3a (6 pts), E
Jiri Hudler8 gp, 2g-4a (6 pts), -1
Henrik Zetterberg8 gp, 1g-4a (5 pts), -5

Dominik Hasek4 gp, 3-1-0, 2.23 GAA, .913 SV%
Chris Osgood4 gp, 2-2-0, 2.49 GAA, .912 SV%

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