Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: The Nashville Predators played a game last night, and there were some fights. The Predators have been living up to their moniker this season, leading the league with 29 fighting majors after last night’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings, which is 10 more than the second-place Arizona Coyotes who have 19. Their take no prisoners attitude has come with its share of success as well, as Nashville owns the second-best record in the Central Division and Western Conference behind the Colorado Avalanche, and their 55 points give them the 6th highest total in the entire league after Saturday.
The Predators defeated the Red Wings 4-1 thanks in part to two goals from Matt Duchene, who is having a great season with 38 points in 39 games, and All-Star goaltender Juuse Saros’ 28 saves. The Preds also had the physical edge, outhitting the Red Wings 34-24 and of course, engaging in some fisticuffs along the way. The best fight of the night, and probably the most entertaining fight we’ve seen since Deslauriers/MacDermid several days ago, was fought between Nashville’s Matt Benning and Detroit’s Tyler Bertuzzi.
Here is the fight in its entirety:
Benning got the better off Bertuzzi at the start, nailing him with a number of right hands before Bertuzzi came back with some jabs and some haymakers of his own before taking his opponent down. Later in the game, Mark Borowiecki and Givani Smith had an uneventful meeting which never really got started as Smith’s hand got stuck in his jersey and he fell to the ice before any real punches could be thrown.
Nashville’s next game is on the road against the expansion Seattle Kraken on Tuesday, while Detroit takes on the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night at home.