Pekka Rinne continued the Detroit Red Wings’ scoring woes, stopping 35 shots in helping Nashville take a 3-0 win on Saturday.
Detroit was blanked for the second straight game, falling by the same score to Steve Mason and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. Detroit hasn’t scored a goal since Johan Franzen tallied an empty net goal in the waning seconds of Detroit’s 7-5 win over Ottawa on Wednesday.
Sergei Kostitsyn had two goals and Shea Weber potted the Predators other tally. Kostitsyn scored on a shorthanded breakaway in the second period to give Nashville a 2-0 lead, then converted a cross ice pass from Marcel Goc at the 17:39 mark of the third period to ice the game.
Weber ripped a shot past Red Wings goalie Joey MacDonald 3:18 into the first period on the power play after Justin Abdelkader was called for goalie interference on Rinne. MacDonald, making his first start in two weeks, was the lone bright spot for Detroit, stopping 26 of 29 shots.
Darren Helm nearly broke Detroit’s shutout string in the first period during a penalty kill, but hit the post on a breakaway after making a nice move to fake Rinne out.