NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 27th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (38-23-13) at Nashville Predators (43-27-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to secure a season-high
fifth straight win this evening when they take on a Nashville Predators squad
at Bridgestone Arena that has won seven of its last eight games.
The Red Wings are coming off last night's 6-2 victory over the Wild that gave
them their second four-game winning streak of the season. Detroit has gone
7-0-1 in its last eight games as well as 10-2-1 since the Olympic break to
move into a tie with Colorado for the final two playoff spots in the Western
Both the Red Wings and Avalanche trail the sixth-place Kings by a point and
are six points up on the ninth-place Flames. After some early-season
struggles, Detroit is moving closer to securing its 19th straight trip to the
Friday's victory was led by Johan Franzen, who notched a career-high four
points on two goals and two assists. Jonathan Ericsson, Tomas Holmstrom, and
Pavel Datsyuk all added a goal and a helper each, while Jimmy Howard made 25
"Everything was bouncing my way tonight, and our way. It happens," Franzen
said of the victory.
Detroit, which is 4-0-1 over its last five on the road, will visit a Nashville
club tonight that is coming off a 4-3 shootout win over Phoenix on Thursday
that jumped the club into fifth place in the West with seven games to play.
The Predators, though, own just a one point edge over the Kings, who have two
games in hand.
Steve Sullivan and Patric Hornqvist had a goal and an assist each versus the
Coyotes and Dan Hamhuis also scored as the Preds carried a two-goal lead into
the third they would not hold. However, Cal O'Reilly and David Legwand both
scored in the shootout and Pekka Rinne halted two of the three skaters he
faced in the deciding frame in addition to his 32 saves.
"In the third we gave up a lot of chances," Rinne said. "Not the way we want
to finish the game, but we hung in there."
Nashville was without Jason Arnott for a third straight game due to a head
injury and he is questionable for tonight.
The Red Wings have won each of the last three meetings between the clubs but
have lost three of their last five in Nashville.
03/27 10:41:52 ET