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Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings

PattensPlusMinus

Nov 20, 2013


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The best and worst from Nashville’s 2-0 win at Detroit on Tuesday night.

Plus:

  • Marek Mazanec was the master (maz-ter?) of his own domain on Tuesday night, stopping all 27 Red Wings shots that he faced on his way to his first career NHL shutout. It was Mazanec’s second career win – he earned his first on Saturday night – lowering his GAA to 2.45 and raising his save percentage to a team-high .927. Mazanec joined Detroit’s Petr Mrazek as the only rookies to record shutouts so far this season. Among rookie goaltenders who have started multiple games, Mazanec also ranks second in save percentage behind Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen.
  • David Legwand cannot stop scoring. He assisted on Shea Weber’s game-winning goal, giving him 18 points so far on the year. Legwand’s 14 assists rank 14th in the NHL. In 48 games last season, Legwand had 13 assists. He has already eclipsed that number in 21 games this season.
  • Shea Weber scored a power play goal in the second period, the game winner and his sixth of the year. More importantly, it was the 302nd point of Weber’s career. With that point, Weber now passes Kimmo Timonen to stand alone as Nashville’s all-time leading scorer among defensemen. Weber’s six goals time him for the team lead and rank him in a tie for second in the NHL among defenseman behind Ottawa’s Eric Karlsson. The Predators are 6-0-0 when Weber scores a goal this season.
  • Since missing the November 12 game against the Islanders for the birth of his first child, Gabriel Bourquestill not an enforcer - has scored two goals and tacked on an assist. In the 15 games prior to that, Bourque had one goal and two assists. On Tuesday, he scored Nashville’s second goal.
  • Viktor Stalberg had trouble getting going to start the season. He was hampered by injury and then found himself a healthy scratch. Finally, in the last few games, Stalberg seems to have finally found his stride. On Tuesday, he had an assist to give him points in back-to-back games for the first time since becoming a Predator.
  • Nashville has now won five road games, which is the same number that they won in all of last season.
  • The Predators had six power play opportunities and managed to score on one. Their 20.0% conversion percentage ranks them 13th in the NHL.
  • Nashville allowed Detroit just two penalty kills and held them scoreless on both.
  • After allowing three or more goals in their previous nine games, the Predators have allowed a combined two goals over their last two games.
  • Nashville’s record when scoring first increased to 9-1-2.
  • For the eighth time this season, Nashville was leading after the first period. Their record when leading after one period is 7-0-1. The record when leading after two is 6-0-1.

Minus:

  • Daniel Cleary high-sticked Colin Wilson in the face during the third period, knocking a tooth out. The Predators earned a double-minor from it.
  • Mattias Ekholm was a scratch for the second game in a row. Filip Forsberg’s injury prevented travel with the team, while Eric Nystrom remained out with his injury from last Friday’s game against Pittsburgh.
  • Nashville’s scoring average dropped from 2.30 goals per game to 2.29. The team remains in 24th place.
  • Why does the NHL refer to high-sticking as “hi-sticking” in box scores? My original thought was that it was due to some sort of character limit, but since they can fit “holding the stick”…that’s not it. “Hi” is short for “hello”. Is the penalty actually “hello-sticking”? In Montreal is it “bonjour-sticking”? I mean, in a way it makes sense because swatting a person in the face with a hockey stick would certainly start a conversation…so just in case, let’s redo the first one…
  • Daniel Cleary hello-sticked Colin Wilson in the face during the third period, knocking a tooth out. The Predators earned a double-minor from it.