Detroit Red Wings hang tough, but fall in first shootout of season, 3-2 to Predators

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Red Wings built two leads, got good goaltending, and paced a hot opponent to a tight contest.

Their Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators at Little Caesars Arena ended with their first shootout of the season. They fell, 3-2, when neither Dylan Larkin nor Filip Zadina could convert on their chances and Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi did.

The Wings fell to 13-22-6. The Predators were 8-2 in their last 10 entering Tuesday; one of those victories was a 7-1 rout of the Wings on March 25.

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Danny DeKeyser scored late in the first period. The Predators tied it early in the third, when Josi took advantage of the Wings changing lines to feed Luke Kunin. Thomas Greiss had made 18 saves at that point, giving a second solid performance after struggling for much of the season.

Adam Erne built on his career season with his ninth goal, midway through the period. Greiss made a save on Jeremy Davies, the Wings gained possession of the puck, and Erne turned a shot on net into his third goal in four games.

Michael Rasmussen hit his head into the glass on a hit by Kunin, but stayed in the game. Kunin went down the tunnel after taking a puck to the head shortly after Mikael Granlund had made it 2-2.

Forwards Robby Fabbri, Bobby Ryan and Sam Gagner, defenseman Patrik Nemeth, and goaltender Jonathan Bernier all were unavailable because of injuries. Fabbri, Ryan, Gagner and Bernier could all be back as soon as Thursday, when the Wings again host the Predators.

Good tone

It was 4-1 Predators after the first period when the teams last met. The Wings looked better in every aspect this time, forechecking well, creating chaos around the net, and getting saves from Greiss. Zadina had a nice chance denied by Juuse Saros, but it was DeKeyser who beat him, late in the period, after taking a shot from the point that hit Mattias Ekholm, who was trying to keep Erne from getting to the puck.

Glendening shows off hands

Luke Glendening generally uses his hands to show his prowess on faceoffs, but he dropped the gloves to show off he can punch, too. The Wings were miffed Jeremy Davies hit Valtteri Filppula into the boards by their bench even as he had already played along the puck, and there was no penalty on the hit. Glendening sent Davies a message; it wasn’t a fight, but Glendening did land a punch with his right hand. “That’s what a team is all about,” Larkin said. “We battle, we work for each other. It was great to see Luke step up for Fil. We need more of that going forward.”

From famine to feast

Evgeny Svechnikov was waived last week for the second time this season, then scratched two games. On Tuesday, he started on the top line with Larkin and Zadina. On his first shift, Svechnikov took control of the puck in the left circle and sent it to the net, where Larkin got a piece of it but the puck hit the side of the net. It was Svechnikov’s first game since April 1, and 11th of the season. “He prepares every day like he’s playing,” Larkin said. “I give him a lot of credit, he’s had a great attitude through all of it. I really enjoy playing with him. He’s hard on pucks. He set me up a couple times. As a player that likes to play with the puck, he’s someone that can get it for me, so I like playing with him.”

Contact Helene St. James at hstjames@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @helenestjames. Read more on the Detroit Red Wings and sign up for our Red Wings newsletter. Her book, The Big 50: The Detroit Red Wings is available from AmazonBarnes & Noble and Triumph Books. Personalized copies available via her e-mail. 

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