The Detroit Red Wings (9-5-4) welcome the Nashville Predators (9-8-2) at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday. Nashville is coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes on Monday. The Predators committed four penalties in the game, though they held Arizona without a power play goal.
Roman Josi, Mikael Granlund, and Matt Duchene each scored once for the Predators. Josi and Granlund both added an assist to lead the team in scoring. Juuse Saros saved only 24 of 27 shots (.888%) in the win.
Detroit is returning home for a six-game homestand after a 6-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday. Filip Hronek scored twice to lead the Red Wings. Dylan Larkin and Moritz Seider both had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Ville Husso saved 27 of 28 shots in the win (.964%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Predators won both games between the teams last season, including a 4-1 victory in their final meeting in January, their sixth straight win against Detroit. Duchene led Nashville with three points (2G 1A). Adam Erne scored Detroit’s only goal. Saros got the win, saving 28 of 29 shots (.965%).
Nashville is averaging 2.68 goals per game for the season, 27th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Red Wings team that is allowing 3.17 goals a game (14th). Meanwhile, Detroit has found the net 3.28 times a game on average, 14th in the league, and the Predators are allowing opponents to score 3.21 goals per game (15th).
Detroit averages fewer shots (28.9) than most teams in the league, ranking 30th, though the team’s 11.3% shooting percentage is fourth. With an average of 30.2 attempts, Nashville ranks 21st.
The Red Wings’ 20.90% power play percentage ranks 15th in the league, while the Predators are 27th with a conversion rate of 17.11%. In terms of defending power plays, Nashville has the league’s seventh-ranked PK% at 81.43%, while Detroit is 13th at 79.63%.
With 19 points this season, Filip Forsberg is the top skater for the Predators. He has seven goals and 12 assists in 19 games. In the net, Kevin Lankinen (2-2-0) is Nashville’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 2.60 GAA and a .921% save percentage. Saros (6-6-2) leads the Predators in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 3.09 and a save percentage of .906%.
Larkin and Dominik Kubalik lead the Red Wings in scoring with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Larkin has eight goals and 14 assists, while Kubalik has nine goals and 12 assists.
Husso (7-2-3) has the best goals against average for Detroit at 2.55. He has a save percentage of .916%.
HOME AND AWAY
Nashville is 3-5-0 on the road this season. Detroit is 5-2-2 at Little Caesars Arena this season.
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