NHL Hockey: Detroit Wings at Nashville Predators - Predators Favored

Team Page: Detroit :: Nashville

59% of Bets Placed on Nashville -150 | Matchup | Goalies
They are two of the NHL's top teams, and they are getting quite familiar with one another.

The Nashville Predators try to extend their lead in the Central Division when they host the second-place Detroit Red Wings in the first game of a home-and-home series on Tuesday.

Oddsmakers have made Nashville -150 money line (NHL Odds) favorites for todays game, the over/under has been set at 5.5 total goals (View NHL Sports Books).

These teams play again Wednesday in Detroit and on March 29 in Nashville. Last week, the Red Wings beat the Predators 4-3 in a shootout at home.

Nashville - which hasn't lost in regulation since Feb. 17, going 7-0-3 in that span - has an NHL-leading 98 points, three more than the Red Wings. The Predators also lead Anaheim by three points in the race for the Western Conference's top seed.

The Predators (46-18-6) could reach 100 points with a victory on Tuesday and open up a big lead if they sweep the home-and-home set with the Red Wings. Detroit (43-17-9), though, also has a chance to take over first place if it comes away with two wins.

These teams have met five times this season, with the home side winning each game.

"It's going to be huge," Nashville defenseman Kimmo Timonen said after his team beat Columbus 2-1 on Saturday. "That's why you play these games, to get ready for those games. It's going to be a huge two games."

The Predators are wrapping up a three-game homestand after winning the first two over Calgary and Columbus. Missing several key players on Saturday, Nashville got a goal and an assist from both Paul Kariya and David Legwand to beat the Blue Jackets and sweep the season series with Columbus.

Kariya has three goals and four assists during a five-game point streak for the Predators, who were missing Peter Forsberg, Steve Sullivan, Scott Hartnell and Scott Nichol on Saturday.

"We have to get our rest and get prepared for them," Kariya said of the Red Wings. "We know it's going to be a high-energy couple of games and really enjoyable. Those are the games you live for."

These teams have split their last nine regular-season meetings, though Detroit beat Nashville 4-2 in the first round of the 2004 playoffs.

The Red Wings had recorded a point in 10 straight games, going 7-0-3, before getting blown out 6-3 by Boston on Sunday in the finale of a five-game homestand. Detroit allowed three goals in the third period and has given up 26 in its last eight games.

"We earned this. This has been coming for awhile," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We can't, from the back end, continue to turn over the puck like we have been."

Detroit also gave up six goals in its last regulation loss before Sunday, a 6-1 defeat to Philadelphia on Feb. 12.

The Red Wings have won three of their last four on the road, with the only blemish a 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators on Feb. 24.

by: Gary Roberts - theSpread.com - Email Us

More NHL Hockey coverage from theSpread.com

 - NHL Hockey news wire
 - NHL top stories
 - Current NHL injuries
 - NHL Hockey schedule
 - NHL Hockey standings
 - NHL goalie stats
 - NHL Hockey scoreboard
 - NHL Hockey odds
 - NHL public betting charts
 - Expert NHL Picks
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for theSpread.com daily newsletter
 - NHL Home


NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Chicago hopes to hammer Calgary tonight The Blackhawks don’t resemble their usual selves through the first six games of the season. Fortunately for the Windy City faithful, a get-well card should...
Thumbnail Confident Canadiens welcome Philly to town   The Canadiens emerged victorious from their wide-open battle against Boston over the weekend. Will Michel Therrien’s club be able to thrive at a more...
Thumbnail Anaheim searching for early-season traction After commencing the season with four straight wins, Vancouver finally fell last night in shootout fashion. Will Willie...
Thumbnail Wild's top threat tries to snap out of funk Minnesota’s off to a 3-1-1 start despite getting no production from its best offensive player. But will Zach Parise finally light the lamp today?
Thumbnail Price's re-emergence heightens Habs' hopes The Canadiens managed to make it through the first three games of the season without Carey Price. Yet the Atlantic Division stalwarts were undeniably stoked...
More inNHL Articles  

NHL Headlines

More inNHL News  

NHL Team Pages