NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 12th (All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (15-11-5) at Nashville Predators (18-11-2), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators will aim for a third straight victory when they welcome the rival Detroit Red Wings for tonight's Central Division clash at Sommet Center.
The Predators had lost three out of four games before rebounding with consecutive wins earlier this week. Nashville beat Vancouver, 4-2, on Tuesday and then notched a shootout victory Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Tonight marks the finale of a four-game homestand for the Preds, who are 11-6-0 in the Music City this season. Nashville has won 10 of its last 13 home games after beginning the year with a 1-3-0 mark at Sommet Center.
Steve Sullivan scored the game-winner in the shootout to help Nashville take a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday. In the fifth round, Antoine Vermette's wrister was stopped on a body save by Pekka Rinne. Sullivan then skated in and went backhand to forehand and slid the puck past the outstretched left pad of Mathieu Garon for the win.
Martin Erat, Jason Arnott and Dave Scatchard each had a goal for the Predators, while Rinne stopped 28 shots in the win. Erat is riding a five-game point streak and has six goals and three assists during the tear.
"They're a good team. They have a lot of firepower over there. I think once it got tied up, things opened up for us," the Predators' Ryan Suter said.
The Predators will visit the Blue Jackets on Monday for the second meeting between the clubs in less than a week.
Detroit won for the second time in three games with Friday's close victory over visiting Anaheim. Todd Bertuzzi scored two goals, including the game- winner 1:07 into overtime to lift the Red Wings to the 3-2 win over the Ducks.
Tomas Holmstrom also scored for the Red Wings, who received 25 saves from Jimmy Howard.
"The guys are coming together," Howard said. "It's important for us to get points right now and move up in the standings."
Detroit, which has won the last eight Central Division titles, is currently third in the division and three points in back of second-place Nashville.
The Red Wings are 6-5-3 as the guest this year and have won two of their last three road games.
Nashville recorded a 3-1 home win over Detroit on November 23 to take their fourth straight in the series. The Red Wings have also lost three of four and four of their last six contests in the Music City.
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