DETROIT — The Wings got off just 17 shots on goal in Game 2.
“Sometimes you see that in the playoffs where both teams are playing well without the puck, trying not to give up too much, try to push them on the outside,” Nicklas Lidstrom said. “Sometimes that’s the playoff style. You don’t want to open yourself up defensively to create chances offensively.”
Wings coach Mike Babcock said the team got into a protective mode in the third period and stopped skating.
“I don’t think there’s been a whole lot of room either way,” Babcock said. “We only had 17 shots on goal so we stopped playing the third period, didn’t skate I didn’t think, got in a protective mode, which isn’t the way you want to do it, but in saying that there’s just not a lot of room for either team and that’s what we expect.”
In Game 1 the Wings had 37 shots on Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.
“I thought they did a good job, they’re a good team defensively and play with good structure,” Danny Cleary said. “They’ve always got five guys back on the inside to protect the middle very well. It was a tight game, it’s been a tight series. We’ve got to try to shoot when we can and stay at the net.”