The Predators begin a four-game, 10-day trip tonight in Detroit with a contest against the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. It's the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; the Preds fell to the Wings, 5-3, in Nashville last month.
The longest excursion of the campaign to this point commences after Nashville saw its six-game point streak come to an end with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena. The Preds had their chances, and Juuse Saros was spectacular in net, but they could only find one goal on the day to suffer just their fourth regulation loss of the season.
"I don't think that we need to reset a ton," Preds forward Filip Forsberg said following Saturday's loss. "We got enough chances to win. Their goalie played great for them. We just couldn't find that last goal, the power play had to step up and it didn't. I don't think it's anything we need to change; we just need to keep working on it, and it will be a good time with the guys on the road."
Saturday marked the first time this season the Predators have been held to one goal or less. As of games played through Nov. 2, the Preds are second in the NHL in goals per game (3.86) and goals (54). They've scored at least four goals in eight of their 14 contests and have tallied at least five goals in six games.
Forsberg returned to the Nashville lineup on Thursday after missing six games with a lower-body injury, and the Predators currently have a healthy roster.
Video: NSH Recap: Saros, Predators come up short vs. Rangers
Last Time Out:
Viktor Arvidsson scored the lone goal for the Predators in Saturday's game. The marker came on the power play, giving Nashville a goal with the man advantage in nine of their 14 games on the season.
Nashville's top defensive pairing of Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis are tied for the team lead in scoring with 14 points apiece. They're followed by Nick Bonino, Calle Jarnkrok and Matt Duchene who each have 11 points. Bonino leads the club with seven goals, Arvidsson has six and Josi, Jarnkrok and Forsberg all have five each. Goaltender Pekka Rinne, who turned 37 on Sunday, is 7-0-2 on the season with a .920 save percentage.
Detroit has won just once in their last 11 games, including a 4-0 shutout at the hands of the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Anthony Mantha leads the team with nine goals and 14 points. Tyler Bertuzzi has six goals and 14 points, and Dylan Larkin has scored four times and added eight assists. Goaltender Jimmy Howard is 2-6-0 on the season; Jonathan Bernier has gone 2-4-1 thus far.
Video: Peter Laviolette previews tonight's matchup with DET
The Predators are 35-49-(4)-10 all-time against the Red Wings, including a 14-26-(2)-7 record on the road. Nashville is 1-0-1 in two games played at Little Caesars Arena.
This will be the 99th meeting between the two teams, Nashville's most games played against a non-Central Division opponent, although the two were once division rivals prior to realignment. The Preds have earned at least a point in four of their last six road games against the Red Wings (2-2-2), including points in two straight (1-0-1).
Notables Versus Detroit:
Ryan Ellis (12/26/11), Roman Josi (11/26/11) and Filip Forsberg (4/14/13) made their NHL debuts against the Red Wings.
Bonino tallied a career-high four assists on March 26, 2016 versus Detroit. He has eight points (3g-5a) in 18 career games against the Red Wings. Josi has 12 points (2g-10a) in 23 career meetings with Detroit, including five points (5a) in his last seven games against the Red Wings.
Forsberg and Red Wings forward Jacob de la Rose played together for Swedish team Leksands IF in 2012-13 and helped the club earn promotion to the Swedish Elite League. Forsberg has seven points (3g-4a) in 11 career games versus Detroit.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 6:30 p.m. (CT) puck drop at Little Caesars Arena begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6 p.m. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley 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 side begins at 5:30 p.m. CT with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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