Unlike many of their previous visits to Joe Louis Arena, the Nashville Predators outshot the Detroit Red Wings by a wide margin on Friday.
It was the Red Wings who got the most goals, though. Thus the Predators’ losing streak reached five games with a 4-2 loss, and Detroit pulled even in the Western Conference standings.
Both teams now have 61 points, but Nashville currently has two tiebreaking advantages – one fewer game played and more victories (29-26).
The final shot count was 48-29 in Nashville’s favor. It matched the Predators’ second-highest shot total of the season and was the sixth time they managed at least 40 shots.
Defensemen Francis Bouillon and Shea Weber scored for Nashville, but the Predators never led. Bouillon’s goal was his second of the season, and Weber’s was his 10th overall and his fourth in January.
Weber got the Predators within one, 3-2, with 14:03 to play in the game. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg pushed the deficit back to two when he scored 4:15 later.
The critical period was the second, when the Predators outshot the Red Wings 20-10 but were outscored 2-0. The goals came 3:02 apart against goalie Dan Ellis, who lost his second straight start and his third straight decision.
The period began with the score tied 1-1 after Bouillon’s goal with 24 seconds to play in the first period.
Nashville begins a stretch of four straight home games 7 p.m. Saturday against Atlanta.