Over their past five games, Detroit had a 4.2-goal average, but it was defense that won them their seventh consecutive game—and at run-and-gun Nashville, to boot. Valtteri Filppula's first-period penalty shot over a lunging Dan Ellis was the go-ahead score in the 2-1 affair.
Tomas Kopecky had struck from close range seven minutes in. Martin Gelinas notched the one Predator goal on a penalty-kill in the second period, after hiss team had failed to capitalize on three power plays. Games in Nashville's Sommet Center had been averaging a gaudy 6.54 total goals.