Surging Predators rout Red Wings 7-1 for 9th win in 10 games

Nashville Predators center Yakov Trenin (13) tries to play the puck off Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) as Troy Stecher (70) defends in the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Nashville Predators center Yakov Trenin (13) tries to play the puck off Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) as Troy Stecher (70) defends in the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

DETROIT – Viktor Arvidsson scored three times to lead the surging Nashville Predators in a 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

“It’s probably up there for birthdays," said Arvidsson, who had his third career hat trick on the day he turned 28.

Juuse Saros stopped 25 saves for the Predators, who have won nine of their last 10 games.

Arvidsson and Nick Cousins scored early and late in the second period to put Nashville ahead 3-1.

The Predators were just getting warmed up.

Mikael Granlund scored, Arvidsson had two straight goals — one on a penalty shot — and Yakov Trenin had a goal in the third period.

Arvidsson, who had single-season franchise record with 34 goals two years ago, entered the game with just five goals in 39 games. He was held out of Tuesday's game at Detroit with an upper-body injury.

“He expects himself to score," coach John Hynes said. “Hopefully this springboards him into further success.”