After dropping a weekend home-and-home set, the Nashville Predators are looking to get back in the win column tonight when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena. It's the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs; the Preds fell to the Wings in Detroit back in early January.
The Predators scored three goals in the third period on Sunday afternoon against the St. Louis Blues, but Vladimir Tarasenko completed the hat trick when he tallied the winner in overtime for a 5-4 victory. It was the second loss in as many days for the Preds against the Blues, and despite the tough weekend, Nashville still has points in six of their last eight outings overall.
With just seven weeks to go in the regular season, the Predators, who are still just two points off of division-leading Winnipeg, say there are areas to improve as the season's final two months continue.
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"We have a tremendous hockey team that's got room for improvement," Preds center Ryan Johansen said following Sunday's loss. "It's a fun part we're at right now. Games are ramping up, and we're seeing that. We need this group to take a step."
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Last Time Out:
Viktor Arvidsson scored twice in Sunday's 5-4 loss to St. Louis to record his 23rd and 24th markers of the season. The Swedish winger has 15 goals since Jan. 1, more than any other player in the NHL.
Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg also scored in regulation for the Preds, while defenseman Ryan Ellis collected his 200th career point with a helper on Arvidsson's first strike. Goaltender Juuse Saros took the loss in net while making 24 saves on the day.
Johansen continues to lead the club in scoring with 50 points, followed by Josi with 45 and defenseman Mattias Ekholm with 40. Arvidsson's 24 goals are tops on the team, with Forsberg's 20 and Craig Smith's 16 placing second and third.
Detroit has lost three straight, including a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Dylan Larkin paces the team with 23 goals and 52 points, followed by Gustav Nyquist with 47 points and Andreas Athanasiou with 34. Jimmy Howard is 15-15-5 in net on the season for the Red Wings; Jonathan Bernier is 6-13-2.
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Nashville is 35-47-(4)-10 all-time against Detroit, including a 21-21-(2)-3 record at Bridgestone Arena. This will be the 97th meeting between the two teams, Nashville's most games played against a non-Central Division opponent. Nashville is seeking its first victory over Detroit on home ice since Dec. 30, 2013, a span of four games.
Ten years ago this month (Feb. 28, 2009), the Predators defeated the Red Wings, 8-0, at Bridgestone Arena. It remains the highest margin of victory in a game in franchise history.
Notables Versus Detroit:
Ryan Ellis (Dec. 26, 2011), Roman Josi (Nov. 26, 2011) and Filip Forsberg (April 14, 2013) all made their NHL debuts against the Red Wings.
Josi has 12 points (2g-10a) in 21 career meetings with Detroit, including five points (5a) in his last five games against the Red Wings. Nick Bonino tallied a career-high four assists on March 26, 2016 versus Detroit. He has eight points (3g-5a) in 16 career games against the Red Wings.
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When You Go:
Bridgestone Arena doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT ahead of tonight's 7 p.m. puck drop against Detroit. All fans in attendance will receive a Preds Reusable grocery bag, presented by NHL Network.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. 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. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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