On paper, the Detroit Red Wings were all over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. The analytics crowd must’ve been loving every minute of the action.
They outchanced the Predators and wound up outshooting Nashville 29-16. Scoring once on four power-play opportunities and successfully killing off all five shorthanded situations, the Red Wings were winning the special teams battle, so often a key to victory.
In fact, Detroit did just about everything except for, well, scoring more goals than the other team. In what could be classified as the key overlying metric, the Predators were 2-1 winners over the Red Wings.
“This is a game I think we should have won,” Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond told Bally Sports Detroit. “We created a lot of chances.
“Definitely unsatisfied. It felt like we played really good for good periods of the game but I think it was just one of those games where we needed to dig in and find a way. I think we didn’t do that unfortunately. This one stung.”
Saros Shutting Down Red Wings
He couldn’t manage to hang for the shutout, but make no mistake – Nashville goalie Juuse Saros has his hands and legs and arms and torso all over thie Detroit setback.
“We got beat by a world-class performance tonight,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde told Bally Sports of the performance by Saros. “Have to watch back and see if we couldn’t have done a little bit more around him.
“Frustrating in that we did a lot of good things tonight. Obviously didn’t find a way to get an outcome.”
Chiasson Delivers Again
For the third straight game, it was Alex Chiasson getting a goal for Detroit. And for the third straight game, it was Chiasson registering a power-play goal.
“He’s been getting so much pucks around the crease and around the goal and in the right spot to put it in,” Raymond said. “He’s been real good.”
They're still alive! It's another power play goal from newcomer forward Alex Chiasson late in the third period, putting the @DetroitRedWings on the board! #LGRW I @ThinkFordFirst pic.twitter.com/FPphwNhA0y
— Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) March 15, 2023
While the numbers adding up next to Chiasson’s name are certainly delightful, it’s his work at the net front to create those opportunities that truly delights Lalonde.
“Obviously, he’s getting rewarded with the numbers, but he’s just got good instincts around the net,” Lalonde said of Chiasson. “The obvious is his cleaning up around the net with some goals, but he keeps a lot of plays alive, too.
“Been a huge addition for us and a positive on our power play.”