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Red Wings meet division foe Predators

Nashville, Detroit both seek 4th-straight win

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators meet for the second time this season Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.

The Red Wings (19-9-1) are coming off a 4-1 victory in Pittsburgh and are 8-2-0 in their previous 10 games.

The Predators (15-11-4) are enjoying a three-game winning streak and it's a good thing since they won just two out of nine games.

This is the second of six meetings between the Central Division clubs this season. Detroit won the previous game 4-1 on Nov. 26 at Joe Louis Arena.

Red Wings forwards Patrick Eaves and Jan Mursak are still out with a broken jaw and injured ankle, respectively.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard could earn his 19th win as he leads the league in that column with 18. Nashville's Pekka Rinne sits at 7th in the league with 13 wins on the season. Solid goaltending has played a huge role for both teams to this point.

Game time is 8 p.m. in Nashville.

Central Division heats up:

Detroit is still three points out of first place in the division. The Chicago Blackhawks haven't done the Red Wings any favors as they continue to put together winning streaks to match Detroit's.

The St. Louis Blues are also enjoying a three-game winning streak and remain three points ahead of the Predators and two points behind the Red Wings. The Central Division is proving to be a tough one this season as four of its five teams are in the playoff picture.