--The Wings have been mediocre, at best, on the penalty kill all season, and they came into Monday's game ranked 17th in the league. But they killed all five Nashville power plays, primarily because of Jimmy Howard's strong goaltending. The Predators were ranked fourth in the NHL on the power play, second at home, but missed having defenseman Shea Weber, out with an upper-body injury.
--Jimmy Howard continued his consistently strong play this season by making 31 saves for his league-leading 21st win. His shutout bid was spoiled with 2:12 remaining on a goal by Jonathon Blum. Howard made several big stops in the first two periods, when the game was on the line. He bailed out his team on a night when it registered only 22 shots and was shorthanded five times.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Howie (goaltender Jimmy Howard) played very well. He's been excellent since Day 1. He's had a great season and has given us a chance to win every night." -- Wings F Dan Cleary.
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