Is there a new line combination that needs to be exploited for the Nashville Predators?
Nashville’s powerplay lit up the scoreboard tonight, converting two of their four opportunities against the Detroit Red Wings as the Nashville Predators went on to grab only their second win over the Wings this season in five tries.
Besting Detroit 3-2, the stars of the show were the recently formed powerplay line of Andrei Kostitsyn, David Legwand, and Sergei Kostitsyn. While older brother Andrei converted both of Nashville’s two powerplay goals, younger brother Sergei and David Legwand set the plays up before the red light lit up.
After Patric Hornqvist and Drew Miller started the scoring for both teams in a span of thirteen seconds in the first period, Andrei Kostitsyn would grab his first of two goals grabbing a feed from his brother Sergei while perched right in front of Red Wings goaltender Joey MacDonald. Kostitsyn’s wrap-shot around MacDonald gave Nashville a 2-1 lead at 11:59 of the first period
Although the second period would be scoreless, Nashville’s penalty kill had to be at it’s best as the Red Wings had a brief 5-on-3 while continuing to ramp up their shot count. Rinne’s game-saving stops throughout the period would keep the Predators on top of the Wings 2-1 going into the final 20 minutes of the evening.
While only getting 6 shots in the entire third period, Nashville needed only 4 minutes and one of those shots to stretch their lead on Detroit to 3-1. With both Sergei and Andrei Kostitsyn down low on the tail end a leftover powerplay after a 5-on-3, David Legwand collected his third assist of the night feeding Sergei Kostitsyn who threaded a pass through Detroit defender Ian White for an easy tap in for big brother Andrei.
Detroit would make things interesting cutting Nashville’s lead to 3-2 on a nice goal from Justin Abdelkader, who pounced on his own rebound while falling to the ice. However that would be as close as they would get, as a late powerplay wouldn’t help them tie the game and the Nashville Predators would win the contest 3-2 and grab their 23rd home win of the season (now the ONLY team in the NHL that has done that for 7 straight seasons).
The Predators head west as they depart the friendly confides of the Bridgestone Arena and make their first stop in the desert for a Monday night tilt with the Phoenix Coyotes at 9pm CST.
Powerplay – 2 for 4, 50%
Penalty Kill – 4 for 4, 100%
Best Play of the Game: Andrei Kostitsyn grabbed a feed from his brother Sergei and pulled a 180 on Detroit goalie Joey MacDonald to give Nashville a 1-0 lead at 7:30 of the first period
Worst Play of the Game: 13 seconds after the Kostitsyn first period goal, Drew Miller would knot the game at 1 when he fired a sharp angle shot that would sneak it’s way past Pekka Rinne.
My Three Stars:
#1: – Andrei Kostitsyn – 2 goals, 0 assists, +1 on the night.
#2: – David Legwand – 0 goals, 3 assists, +1 on the night.
#3: – Sergei Kostitsyn – 0 assist, 2 assists, +0 on the night
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