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Game day: Red Wings vs. Preds preview

After returning to the win column, the Nashville Predators will wrap up a three-game homestand tonight when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena for a 7:30 p.m. CT start. Tonight’s contest is the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season; the Preds defeated the Wings in Detroit by a 5-2 count last month.

The Predators snapped a four-game skid Thursday night when they beat Winnipeg – also by a 5-2 final – as Nashville returned to the things that had made them successful in the past, including their mental toughness that didn’t never seemed to be lacking. even after losses.

“I really liked the spirit of the group,” Preds head coach John Hynes said after Thursday’s victory. “There hasn’t been much panic or finger pointing [during the losing streak]. We lost different games in different ways but it was all about solutions and staying focused and making sure we understood what we needed to do better… But I think overall the big lesson to be learned from that was that we weren’t mooing too much. We were losing a few games, but I just liked the mindset of our group – keep going, find solutions and find a way out. And we did that tonight.”

“As long as the play is there and the effort is there, we’re going to win games,” the Preds forward said. Mikael Granlund noted. “Obviously it won’t always get in our way, but if we have the effort and the consistency and the system we believe in, we’ll be fine… As long as we do that, good things will happen.”

In addition to Thursday’s win, the Predators captain Romain Josi became the franchise’s all-time leader in assists with 357 — and 358 — assists in his career, all with Nashville.

Defenseman Mattias Ekholm returned to the Predators roster on Thursday after missing three games on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list. Defender Dante Fabbro (upper body) was placed on injured reserve, and defenseman Matt Tennyson made his Nashville debut in Thursday’s win.

The Predators didn’t practice Friday, but are expected to hold a morning practice before tonight’s game with Detroit.

Video: Josi becomes Predators’ all-time assist leader in win

The good ones :

Josi (13g-29a) continues to lead the Preds with 42 points, followed by Matt Duchene (17g-18a) and Mikael Granlund (6g-29a) with 35 points each. Ryan Johansen (12g-21a) has 33 points on the season, and Philippe Forsberg has 19 goals and 30 points in 29 games. Tanner Jeannot leads all NHL rookies with 13 goals; Yakov Trenin has 10 goals and Luc Kounin counted nine times. Goalkeeper Juuse Saros is 21-11-2 at net with a .924 save percentage.

The opposition:

The Red Wings lost last night in overtime to the Dallas Stars 5-4. Dylan Larkin leads the team with 19 goals and 37 points, while Tyler Bertuzzi also has 19 goals with 35 points this season. Detroit rookies Lucas Raymond (11g-22y-33pts) and Moritz Seider (3g-23y-26pts) are both in Calder’s conversation with Jeannot of Nashville. Alex Nedeljkovic was in goal last night for Detroit, so the Preds could face Thomas Greiss tonight who is 6-7-1 this season.

All-Time Meetings:

The Predators are 43-51-(4)-10 against the Red Wings, including a 24-24-(2)-3 record at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators went 6-2-0 against the Red Wings last season, their most wins in a single season against their former Central Division rival. Nashville beat Detroit 27-15 in the eight-game regular-season series, and the Predators’ two seven-goal games of 2020-21 have come against the Red Wings.

Nashville has won eight of its last 10 games against Detroit, including five in a row. The Predators are 2-3-0 in their last five games against the Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena. On February 28, 2009, the Predators defeated the Red Wings, 8-0, at Bridgestone Arena. This remains the highest margin of victory in a game in franchise history.

This will be the 109th meeting between the two teams, the third most games played in Nashville against a single opponent behind Chicago (128) and St. Louis (120).

Notable against Detroit:

Roman Josi (26/11/11), Filip Forsberg (14/04/13) and Philip Myers (2/17/19) all made their NHL debuts against the Red Wings. Forsberg has 15 points (6g-9a) in 19 career games with Detroit.

Juuse Saros is 5-2-0 in his career against the Red Wings with a 1.77 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and one shutout. Eeli Tolvanen posted a four-game point streak against the Red Wings (2g-2a) from Feb. 23 to March 25, 2021.

Watch and listen:

Coverage of tonight’s 7:30 p.m. CT puck drop from Nashville begins at 7 p.m. CT with the Predators Live! pre-match show on Bally Sports South hosted by Lyndsay Rowley and Terry Crisp. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Kara Hammer have the call on the TV side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Pregame radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Darren McFarland. For nationwide broadcast information and channel locations, click here.