For the Nashville Predators, this one figured to be one of the toughest of the season - and that was before they lost two top six forwards and their third straight game Friday night in Detroit. When Nashville welcomes the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins to Bridgestone Arena Saturday night, it could do so without Ryan Johansen and Craig Smith. Each left its 5-3 loss to the Red Wings in the second period suffering from the flu and their status for Saturday night is uncertain.
The Detroit Red Wings are on a three-game winning streak and the San Jose Sharks are fresh off of being stunned by the team that beat them in the Stanley Cup Final last season. The teams are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. After losing its first two games of the season, Detroit has reeled off three consecutive wins, the latest a 5-3 decision over the Nashville Predators Friday night at Joe Louis.
The Detroit Red Wings appear to be gaining some momentum. Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist to help Detroit beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Friday night. It was the Red Wings' third consecutive win after losing their first two games.