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Wings try to snap slump against Predators

by John Kreiser

PREDATORS (8-5-5) at RED WINGS (7-7-3)

TV: NHLN-US, FS-Tennessee, FS-Detroit+

Last 10: Nashville 5-3-2; Detroit 3-5-2

Season series: It's the second of four meetings this season. The Predators won 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

Big story: The post-Nicklas Lidstrom era in Detroit is off to a bumpy start. The Red Wings will try to break a five-game losing streak and avenge their overtime loss in Nashville when the Predators come to Joe Louis Arena after a 1-0 home loss to Vancouver on Friday night.

Team Scope:

Predators: The Predators dominated the first period against the Canucks, outshooting the visitors 13-3. But they were outplayed in the final 40 minutes, managing just five shots in each of the second and third periods while being outshot 21-10. Pekka Rinne made 23 saves but allowed a goal to Dale Weise midway through the third period.

"We had things going our way. We had the jump, and then for whatever reason, we backed off and let them get into it emotionally, mentally and then physically," defenseman Hal Gill said. "We have to learn from that."

Red Wings: The Wings have let a lot of points slip through their hands -- they've wasted three 2-0 leads during their five-game slide. That includes Thursday's 3-2 home loss to last-place Nashville, in which Detroit led 2-0 less than three minutes into the game and allowed the Blue Jackets to score the game-winner in the final 30 seconds.

With a tough road schedule ahead, the Red Wings need points from their weekend home games against Nashville and Vancouver.

"The whole key is be confident,'' coach Mike Babcock said after Friday's practice. "We tried to be solution-based again today and be positive and let's get to work and let's try to find a way to get a win. And then get the ball going the other way.

"It wasn't long ago when we were feeling pretty good about ourselves. Now you come in here today and the big thing is don't let it be energy-draining. Be positive and be mentally tough."

Who's hot: Rinne is just 2-1-1 in his last four starts, but has allowed just four goals in that span. … Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg leads the team with 22 points in 17 games and has four assists in his last three contests. Rookie Damien Brunner has eight goals, including two in his last three games.

Injury report: Nashville is without center Paul Gaustad (lower body). … The Wings are still being battered by injuries; defenseman Kyle Quincey left Thursday's game with a sprained left ankle and may not be able to play. Two other defensemen, Brandon Smith and Carlo Colaiacovo, are on IR with shoulder injuries. Johan Franzen (hip flexor) won't be ready until next week, and Mikael Samuelsson is out with a broken left index finger sustained when teammate Ian White's shot hit him during the loss to the Predators.

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