First Meeting in Detroit ends in Loss for Predators, Wings win 4-1

Detroit's Patrick Eaves was taken to the hospital after getting clocked in the upper jaw bya slap shot from Roman Josi.

The food at Thanksgiving must have been good for the Predators, for last night’s game in Detroit looked as if they were still drowsy on the tryptophan from the turkey. Detroit played the day before (Friday) against the Boston Bruins and broke the Bruins’ ten game winning streak with 3-2 win. In most cases, teams who play two games in a row like that usually struggle on the second night, especially when up against a team fresh coming off a break. Eh, Detroit’s an odd bird as hockey clubs go. One minute they are terrible, the next they are like a whole another team (hmm… sounds vaguely familiar…). Still high from their win against the Bruins, the Red Wings pummeled the Nashville Predators 4-1, sending the Predators onto their fourth loss in a row. Here are the highlights from last night’s game:

KEY POINTS:

  • Predators prospect Roman Josi had a nice Thanksgiving after being called up to the Preds from Milwaukee on Thursday. Josi was high on the prospect list to make the cut for the NHL roster during training camp but suffered from a concussion that hurt his chances. He was a second round pick in the 2008 draft and made his NHL debut last night against the Detroit Red Wings. We shall discuss more of his impact later…
  •  Detroit held a 4-0 lead over the Predators all the way into the 3rd period until a lucky shot from Jack Hillen found its way passed goalie Jimmy Howard to give the Predators their only goal of the night. This is Hillen’s first goal of the season and first as a Nashville Predator. He was assisted by both Colin Wilson and Martin Erat.
  • Francis Bouillon faced an injury last night, leaving the game with a lower-body injury; he did not return to the game. After last season’s season-ending concussion, we are hoping Bouillon can recover quickly from his injury. The Predators cannot afford to be facing so many injuries once again.
  • To continue our coverage of Roman Josi, the new NHL player faced a rough and devastating call last night. Josi’s straight lined slap shot nailed Detroit’s Patrick Eaves in the upper jaw, right below his ear. Eaves was knocked to the ground and was taken out on a stretcher as a precaution to the hospital. Eaves was responsive and, after the game was over, appeared to be alright, though Josi did break his jaw. We are glad to hear Eaves is alright and will make a full recovery, but of course with a broken jaw, he is expected to be out for six to eight weeks. In case you did not see what happened, here’s the video: 
  • Detroit embarrassed the Predators with shots at the net, out shooting them 37 to 19. Although we here at Lady Preds get annoyed by people who constantly scream “SHOOT THE PUCK”, we are slowly starting to feel the same way. Shooting as always been an issue for the Predators and it is becoming clearer and clearer that Trotzie needs to kick someone in the booty and knock some shooting sense into their head.
  • There were only 5 penalties between both teams, with Nashville only finding themselves on the penalty kill twice. Both penalties happened in the first and both were tripping calls. Here are the two offenders:
  1. Mike Fisher – 12:19 1st Period – Tripping
  2. Patric Hornqvist – 18:13 1st Period – Tripping

The Predators, with this loss, are now 10-8-4 in the season, dropping three games in regulation. The Predators have found themselves in yet another rut and are desperately trying to claw their way out before hurting themselves in the regular season. Nashville hits Edmonton Monday night to face the Oilers for their third time this season and are hopefully seeking revenge for the last two losses.

We pray for the quick recovery of both Francis Bouillon and Detroit’s Patrick Eaves. GO PREDS.

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