Pekka Rinne is good enough that he doesn't need any help.

But the Red Wings felt they helped the Predators goaltender out in Game 1 by not establishing more of a net presence.

"We were too easy to play against," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Thursday. "We have to get to the net more (in Game 2 tonight). We've talked about that. … It's no real surprise. We didn't do our part."

Nashville, however, did a good job of boxing Detroit out, keeping it outside and forcing shots from the perimeter.