There were three games on the schedule Sunday in the NHL, two with playoff implications. The key matchup of the evening was between the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators, with the Wings needing a win to keep afloat in the rapidly-tightening Western Conference playoff race. Detroit dominated the offensively-challenged Predators, and won the game 3-0.
Elsewhere in the NHL on Sunday the Blackhawks continued their winning streak and managed to score some goals on Brian Elliott, and the Lightning and Sabres played a basically meaningless game in Buffalo.
Read on for all the details.
All The NHL Scores
Get caught up on Sunday's NHL scores with recaps from our network of SB Nation team blogs. Here's a quick glance at the full day of action:
Prior to Sunday's games, we presented five burning questions regarding the day's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Is tonight's game in Nashville must-win for Detroit?
The Red Wings played as if it was, limiting the Predators to 22 shots and helping Jimmy Howard earn the shutout. Detroit really needed these two points to avoid falling dangerously behind in the West.
2. Can the Blues finally establish themselves at home?
Home ice continues to provide an underwhelming advantage for the Blues, as they lost 2-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks. Also of note: are the Blues ever going to start scoring some goals, or were they just expecting Brian Elliott to get shutouts for the rest of his life?
3. Can the Blackhawks end the season on another impressive streak?
That's five wins in a row for the Blackhawks, who are streaking once again. This time it was Corey Crawford in net with a shutout.
4. How will Filip Forsberg look?
He was a minus-two with two shots in around eighteen minutes of ice time. He's not going to be able to save the Predators all by himself.
5. Which out-of-it team best solidifies their lottery chances today?
The Buffalo Sabres put on a nice show for their home fans while hurting their lottery chances with their victory over the Lightning. Tampa Bay and Nashville both finished the day without any points, which may allow other teams to pass them in the days to come.
What moment from Sunday's games will be making headlines in the coming days?
Corey Crawford's shutout will do nothing but fan the flames of the happy goaltending controversy building in Chicago. What do you do when you're going into the playoffs with TWO red-hot goalies?
Stat of the Night
Jonas Enroth is playing great hockey for the Sabres:
In his last five starts, the Sabres' Jhonas Enroth is 4-0-1 with a 1.37 goals-against average and .958 save percentage.— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) April 15, 2013
Post to Post
- NBC screwed up by forcing the Blackhawks and Blues to play early Sunday morning.
- Why the Flames are NOT like the Oilers.
- Young star Joey Hishon suffered another head injury.
- Goalie Eric Hartzell is going to the Penguins. NOT the Flyers.
- Finally, the five most surprising elements of the NHL stretch run.