The Nashville Predators will try for a two-game sweep in Detroit - and a three-game winning streak overall - when they face the Red Wings again this evening at Little Caesars Arena. Tonight, marks the fourth of eight meetings between the two foes; Nashville is 2-1-0, including a 2-0 shutout over the Wings on Tuesday night.
A pair of power-play goals - courtesy of Filip Forsberg and Eeli Tolvanen - led the Preds to their eighth victory of the campaign, and it also helped to have centerman Ryan Johansen back in the lineup after he missed seven games due to injury.
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Video: Johansen thrilled to back on the ice in Detroit
"It was awesome to be back, I felt pretty good and was happy with my game," Johansen said Wednesday in Detroit. "I've loved our team game [lately], especially our second matchup in Columbus [in a 4-2 win last Saturday night]. It wasn't a perfect game last night, but you could see the confidence building within our team game and just executing within our structure. I believe we're moving in the right direction, and we just want to continue finding ways to win games."
Video: Coach Hynes says Preds are playing with passion
The Predators practiced Wednesday in Detroit and were joined by forward Brad Richardson, who remains on Injured Reserve. Preds Head Coach John Hynes said earlier in the week Richardson could play in Detroit, but a decision on Richardson's status has not been announced ahead of tonight's game.
Video: Rinne, Forsberg lift Predators to shutout victory
The Good Guys:
In addition to Forsberg's and Tolvanen's power-play goals, Pekka Rinne recorded his 59th career shutout to move him past John Ross Roach and into a tie for the 19th-most in NHL history with Evgeni Nabokov. Rinne also recorded his 364th career victory, the 20th-most all-time and five shy of tying Tom Barrasso for 19th.
Forsberg continues to lead the Preds in scoring with nine goals and 17 points, followed by Roman Josi (2g-8a) with 10 points, and then Matt Duchene (3g-5a), Mikael Granlund (3g-5a) and Ryan Ellis (2g-6a) with eight points each. Calle Jarnkrok has four goals on the season; Duchene, Granlund, Rocco Grimaldi and Colton Sissons have three tallies apiece. Rinne is 5-5-0 in net; Juuse Saros is 3-5-0.
Detroit is 5-13-3 on the season and sits last in the Central Division. Dylan Larkin (4g-7a) leads the club with 11 points, followed by Bobby Ryan (5g-4a), Anthony Mantha (5g-4a) and Filip Hronek (9a) with nine points each. Ryan, Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi are tied for the team lead in goals with five apiece. Jonathan Bernier, who played Tuesday night, is 4-3-0 in net for the Wings; Thomas Greiss is 1-10-3.
The Predators are 38-50-(4)-10 all-time against the Red Wings, including a 16-26-(2)-7 record on the road. Nashville is 3-0-1 at Little Caesars Arena since it opened in 2017-18. Tonight marks the 103rd meeting between the two teams, Nashville's third-most games played against a single opponent behind St. Louis (118) and Chicago (119).
Nashville has won three of its last four games against Detroit and is 3-2-0 in its last five versus the Red Wings. On the road, the Preds have earned points in five of their last six games against the Red Wings, going 3-1-2. Nashville is averaging 3.4 goals per game in its last five contests in Motown.
Notables Versus Detroit:
Filip Forsberg is on a six-game point streak versus Detroit, tallying four goals and 10 points, including a multi-point effort in three of his last four contests. Matt Duchene posted a five-game point streak against the Red Wings (4g-3a) from Feb. 14, 2019-Feb. 13, 2021. He's scored three goals in his last four games vs. Detroit.
Roman Josi has 18 points (2g-16a) in 27 career meetings with Detroit, including 11 points (11a) in his last 11 games against the Red Wings. Dante Fabbro has three points (1g-2a) in his last three meetings against the Red Wings.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 6:30 p.m. CT puck drop from Little Caesars Arena begins on FOX Sports Tennessee at 6 p.m. CT with the Predators LIVE! pregame show hosted by Lyndsay Rowley and Terry Crisp. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Kara Hammer have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Pregame coverage on the radio begins at 5:30 p.m. with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here
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