Red Wings fall 6-1 to Predators in another drubbing
Another day, another lopsided loss for the Red Wings.
This time it was a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of the Nashville Predators at Little Caesars Arena Monday night.
That’s three consecutive losses by a combined 17-4 score. Detroit is also 1-10-1 in its last 12 games, during which it has been outscored 52-20.
“Confidence is something you’ve got to earn in this league,” Justin Abdelkader said. “We’ve got to go out and play the right way. We can’t give teams easy opportunities and goals.”
Despite a listless first period, the Red Wings took a 1-0 lead 2:35 into the game on Andreas Athanasiou’s first goal of the season.
But disaster struck in the second period when the Predators scored four goals on five shots in a span of 5:36 to take a 4-1 lead before the halfway point of the middle period.
Jimmy Howard was pulled after Nick Bonino (2:00), Kyle Turris (5:32), Colton Scissons (6:34) and Matt Duchene (7:36) scored.
Duchene added his second goal of the game, on the power play, with 1:30 left in the game after Dylan Larkin got the extra roughing penalty in his fight against Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis.
Larkin said the fight, which began when Ellis elbowed him in the head as they battled for the puck in the corner, was part frustration at the end of a shift and part trying to fire his teammates up.
“I told them between periods they have got to make choices, and we made the choices that got us down 5-1 or whatever it was,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Maybe we didn't forecheck the right way or backcheck all the day or maybe we decided not to block shots. As a result, we got embarrassed.
“The guys in the room have to decide they don't want that to happen”
Filip Forsberg added a power-play goal 6:52 into the third period for the final margin.
On the game overalI, Blashill said: “I thought we had too many guys up front who didn't play anywhere near their best hockey. Our defensemen were fine, but we didn't get enough up front.”