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Detroit looks to escape 1-9-1 slide; Nashville winless in past two after four-game winning streak

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

PREDATORS (8-4-2) at RED WINGS (4-10-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-D+, FS-TN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to win their second game since Oct. 10 when they face the Nashville Predators at Little Caesars Arena on Monday.

The Red Wings are 1-9-1 in their past 11 games and have been outscored 46-19, including 11-3 in losses to the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers. They will also be without defensemen Mike Green (illness) and Trevor Daley (lower body).

Daley left the loss to the Panthers on Saturday early in the third period and Green is out for a second straight game. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said he doesn't believe Green's illness is related to the virus that limited him to 43 games last season.

Nashville is winless in two games (0-1-1) after a four-game winning streak. They have outscored their opponents 22-11 in that stretch with each loss by one goal. 

 

Players to watch

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is 7-0-2 with a 2.19 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and two shutouts in nine games. He did not play in Nashville's 5-3 loss to Detroit on Oct. 5. 

Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha has scored a team-high nine goals. He will be moving back to the top line alongside Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi.

 

They said it

"I don't think there's any one thing that has been a problem over both of these losses. We didn't play well in the third period (against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 31), but the last game was just a close-checking game where we got behind by two goals and didn't take enough advantage of the chances we had." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette on losses to the Flames and New York Rangers.

"It is tough to keep from being frustrated at a time like this, but frustration is the No. 1 wasted human emotion. It does no good to anybody or anything, so you have to find a way to learn from it. We've got a game tonight, and if we win, we're going to come into the locker room feeling good about ourselves again." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

 

Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Colton Sissons -- Kyle Turris -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Yannick Weber, Miikka Salomaki

Injured: None

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Adam Erne -- Valtteri Filppula -- Andreas Athanasiou

Brendan Perlini -- Frans Nielsen -- Taro Hirose

Darren Helm -- Jacob de la Rose -- Justin Abdelkader

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Joe Hicketts

Alex Biega -- Dennis Cholowski

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Christoffer Ehn

Injured: Luke Glendening (upper body), Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Mike Green (illness), Trevor Daley (lower body)

 

Status report 

The Predators didn't do line rushes during their morning skate, with Laviolette joking he won't know if there are going to be any changes until game time. … With Mantha moving back to the first line, Helm returns to the fourth line.

 

Stat pack

Josi has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. … Larkin has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games.

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