(30-9-4) Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings (24-11-9)
6 P.M. | Joe Louis Arena
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game
Fresh off of a dramatic, 4-3 victory over Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals at Bridgestone Arena on Friday night, the Nashville Predators are right back at it this evening, set to face the Red Wings in Detroit.
Saturday's game in Detroit is the second stop of the Preds fifth back-to-back series of the season, and the first back-to-back this season that has begun with a game at home. On the campaign, the Preds are 4-0-1 on the front end of these situations and 1-1-2 on the back.
With their win on Friday over the Caps, Nashville set a franchise record for fewest games to 30 wins, achieving the mark in just 43 games played. The previous record was held by the 2006-07 squad that recorded their 30th win in game No. 44. The Predators have claimed points in each of their last 10 games (8-0-2), a streak that includes their current, season-high, five-game winning streak.
Nashville tallied two goals in the third period on Friday, both in the final five minutes, the second game in a row that the Preds have scored multiple times in the final minutes of a game. The Predators have now scored 28 third period goals in their last 21 games, scoring in all but four periods during that time. On the season, Nashville has scored 52 third period goals, fourth most in the NHL.
James Neal tallied twice for Nashville, including the game-winner, on Friday night, giving him 15 goals on the season, a mark that ties him for the team lead with Filip Forsberg. Mike Fisher recorded an assist against the Caps, extending his current point streak to five games and putting him just two points away from 500 for his career. Goaltender Carter Hutton, making his first home start of the season, picked up his first victory of the campaign by stopping 31 shots in the process.
Henrik Zetterberg is the leading point-getter for the Red Wings, with 36 in 44 games. Pavel Datsyuk has tallied 32 points in just 33 outings this season, while Gustav Nyquist has 30 points to his credit. Tomas Tatar leads the club in goals with 18. With goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson out with injuries, Petr Mrazek has gotten the nod in Detroit's last four games. Mrazek is 7-3-1 on the season with a 2.13 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
All-time, Nashville is 34-41-(4)-8 against Detroit and 13-24-(2)-5 as the visiting squad. After meeting at least four times in each of the first 14 years of the Predators existence, the two clubs met only twice last season following the NHL's realignment, with Nashville emerging victorious in both games.
Shea Weber has seven points in his last 10 regular season games against the Wings and 23 points in 47 games all-time. Mike Ribeiro has 20 career points against Detroit while Neal has 13 points in 15 outings versus the Red Wings.
Detroit is 4-1-0 in their last five and 7-3-0 in their past 10 games.
The Predators did not hold a morning skate in Detroit, but the club did make a roster move on Saturday
, recalling defenseman Anthony Bitetto from AHL Milwaukee. According to @KWilsonPreds
, Bitetto is set to make his NHL debut tonight against the Red Wings.