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Tuesday, January 24th (All times eastern)

Nashville Predators (30-12-6) at Detroit Red Wings (32-13-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators can move into first place tonight, as they battle the Detroit Red Wings for the second straight night at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings lead the Central Division with 67 points, but Nashville is just one point behind in second.

Nashville earned a 3-2 victory in Detroit on Monday. Tomas Vokoun made 39 saves and Greg Johnson's goal, which was scored back on November 21, turned out to be the difference for the Predators.

This game was originally started on November 21 and the Predators jumped out to 1-0 lead on Johnson's goal in the early stages. However, just a couple minutes later, Detroit's Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench and needed extensive medical attention. As a result, the game was postponed and started again on Monday night.

However, because the Predators had the lead and the request that the two sides play a full 60 minutes of hockey, the game started with Nashville ahead 1-0 and a full clock.

Scott Hartnell scored the game-winning goal in the second period for the Predators, who defeated the Red Wings for the first time since December 20, 2003. Steve Sullivan also scored for Nashville, which has won two in a row and three of four.

Robert Lang and Mathieu Schneider each scored for the Red Wings, who outshot the Predators 41-15 but still had a four-game winning streak come to a halt.

Tonight marks the second test of a five-game road trip for the Predators, who are 11-7-5 away from home this season.

The Red Wings, meanwhile, are playing the middle test of a three-game homestand tonight. They are 16-8-1 as the host this year.

Nashville had dropped four in a row to the Red Wings before last night's victory. The Preds also had lost their previous two outings in the Motor City.

01/24 10:26:04 ET


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