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Nashville Tries for Two-Game Sweep in Detroit to Finish Season Series with Red Wings

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Following a comeback win in a shootout, the Predators will try to finish their season series against the Red Wings with one more victory in Detroit. Tonight's contest at Little Caesars Arena is the eighth and final meeting between the two clubs; Nashville is 5-2-0 against the Wings this season, including a 2-1-0 record away from home.

With Tuesday's 3-2 shootout victory, Nashville now has wins in 10 of their last 12 games as they continue to hold the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division. The Predators have 16 games remaining in the regular season, and the push for the postseason continues tonight.

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"You just get ready for the next one, and it's all about the one game at a time," Preds forward Mikael Granlund said following Tuesday's win. "There's not too many games left anymore, every single game matters and it's all about just getting ready for the next one and just trying to find these ways to win the games and get to playoffs. We've put ourselves in a pretty good spot right now… [It's just] one game at a time, and let's just try to do the best we can."

Predators forward Luke Kunin and defenseman Dante Fabbro both left Tuesday's game with injuries and did not return. The Predators did not practice on Wednesday and their conditions are uncertain.

Video: Coach Hynes says Arvidsson will return, Fabbro is out

Forward Viktor Arvidsson remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury, and while he did not play on Tuesday, he is on the trip with the team in Detroit.

Morning Skate Update: Arvidsson will play tonight for the Preds in Detroit, but Fabbro will not. 

4 p.m. CT Update: The Preds have recalled defensemen David Farrance and Tyler Lewington from the taxi squad. Defenseman Alexandre Carrier (lower-body) has been placed on injured reserve.

Video: Granlund, Johansen lead Predators to shootout win

The Good Guys:

Kunin and Granlund scored in the third period on Tuesday to force overtime before Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi tallied in the shootout to allow the Preds to prevail. Goaltender Juuse Saros made 25 saves through 65 minutes of play - and two more in the shootout - to collect his 12th win of the season.

Josi also had a pair of assists on Tuesday and is the active leader in scoring with 24 points (4g-20a), followed by Calle Jarnkrok with 20 points (11g-9a) and then Eeli Tolvanen with 19 points (10g-9a). Granlund now has nine goals on the season and Rocco Grimaldi has eight. Saros is 12-7-0 in net for Nashville; Pekka Rinne owns a 9-11-1 record.

The Opposition:

The Red Wings have one win in four tries thus far in the month of April, with points in three of those four outings, including Tuesday's shootout loss to the Preds. Filip Hronek continues to lead Detroit in scoring with 22 points (2g-20a), followed by Anthony Mantha (10g-10a) and Dylan Larkin (7g-13a) with 20 points each. Thomas Greiss was in net for the Wings on Tuesday and is 3-15-6 on the season, while Calvin Pickard is 2-1-0.

All-Time Meetings:

The Predators are 41-51-(4)-10 all-time against the Red Wings, including a 17-27-(2)-7 record on the road. This will be the 107th meeting between the two teams, Nashville's third-most games played against a single opponent behind Chicago (122) and St. Louis (118).

Nashville has won six of its last eight games against Detroit, including a 5-2-0 record (2-1-0 on the road) this season. The Predators are 4-1-1 in six road games at Little Caesars Arena since Detroit opened the venue in 2017-18.

Nashville has shut out Detroit twice this season, with Pekka Rinne tallying the 59th of his NHL career on Feb. 23 on the road and Juuse Saros earning his first of the season on March 23 at Bridgestone Arena.

Notables Versus Detroit:

Following his third-straight victory over Detroit on Tuesday, Juuse Saros moved to 4-2-0 in his career against the Red Wings with a 1.89 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout.

Rocco Grimaldi scored four goals on March 25 versus Detroit, a career high and tied for the most by a Preds player in a game in franchise history. He moved from Anaheim, California, to the Detroit area to play for the Little Caesars AAA program from 2005-09.

Eeli Tolvanen posted a four-game point streak against the Red Wings (2g-2a) from Feb. 23 to March 25. Calle Jarnkrok was acquired from Detroit along with Patrick Eaves and a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (traded to San Jose; San Jose selected Julius Bergman) for David Legwand on March 5, 2014.

Watch & Listen:

Coverage for this evening's 6:30 p.m. CT puck drop from Detroit begins at 6 p.m. CT with the Predators Live! pregame show on Bally Sports South 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. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.

*All of Bally Sports South's channel locations and programming remains the same, just with a new network.

Streaming Info:

Listen to a Live Radio Feed (only active during the game broadcast window).

Watch a Live Stream of the game on the Fox Sports Go App or Watch on NHL.TV

*As we transition to Bally Sports, one of our primary goals was to ensure that local fans and subscribers everywhere still get their teams whenever and wherever they want. The FOX Sports GO app will remain functional until the transition is complete. Once the Bally Sports app becomes widely available, the FOX Sports GO app will update to the all-new Bally Sports app. If a fan has updates enabled, the app will transition automatically; if not, they will need to manually update the app.

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