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Win pulls Wings closer to Central's top

Tuesday, 03.13.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Win pulls Wings closer to Central\'s top
By The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kyle Calder scored and had two assists, and the Red Wings moved within a point of NHL-leading Nashville by holding off the Predators 5-2 on Tuesday.

The teams meet again Wednesday night in Detroit, where the Wings can move ahead of the Predators in the Central Division, the Western Conference and take over the overall lead in the chase for the Presidents' Trophy.

This is the first time this season the road team has won, but the Wings have yet to lose to the Predators in Nashville during the month of March since the team entered the league. They improved to 5-0-1 in that stretch.

Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filippula each scored a goal and an assist, and Robert Lang and Kirk Maltby also had a goal apiece for Detroit. The Wings have a game in hand on Nashville.

Alexander Radulov and Martin Erat each scored power-play goals for Nashville.

These teams couldn't be much closer at this point in the season. Nashville came in having earned at least a point in 10 straight games, a streak Detroit also had before a regulation loss to Boston on Sunday. The Predators also have 98 points, compared to the Wings' 97.

The Wings gave Nashville every opportunity to get back into the game after Hudler scored his 12th at 1:24 of the third for a 3-1 lead.

Detroit gave Nashville a 5-on-3, and Erat scored eight-seconds later off a rebound of Shea Weber's shot from the slot to pull the Predators within 3-2 at 5:07.

The Predators finished 2-of-8 with the man advantage, but Detroit killed off three power plays in the final 15 minutes. Calder scored his ninth with two minutes left off Nashville defenseman Marek Zidlicky's skate, and Filippula added an unassisted goal with 81-seconds left to seal the victory.

Detroit came limping in with Henrik Zetterberg missing his seventh game because of an inflamed disk in his back. Forward Daniel Cleary missed his eighth, and defenseman Danny Markov also was out for his third.

The Predators didn't have Peter Forsberg (upper body injury) for a fourth game. Steve Sullivan missed his ninth with his own back problem, while Scott Hartnell (foot) and Scott Nichol (broken thumb) aren't expected back for at least a couple more weeks.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz tried to send a message from the start, giving Jordin Tootoo -- the Predators' leader with 94 penalty minutes -- a rare start. It worked, as Tootoo took two shots in seven shifts and aggravated Mathieu Schneider into high-sticking him near the Nashville bench.

But Detroit still led 1-0 on Robert Lang's 18th goal at 1:39.

Radulov tied it with his power-play goal off a nice cross-ice pass from David Legwand at 7:02. The Predators outshot Detroit 13-4 in the first period.

The Wings took over in the second period. Maltby put Detroit up to stay at 4:30 with his fourth goal this season from in front of the goal after Kris Draper passed the puck to him from behind the net.

Not even tossing five catfish onto the ice for good luck helped the Predators. They got Erat's goal to pull close, but he had to be helped off the ice after colliding with teammate Jason Arnott late in the third.

GAME NOTES: Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter tied his career-high by skating in his 71st game this season, which is what he played in 2005-06. Only Suter, Paul Kariya and J.P. Dumont haven't missed a game this season for Nashville. ... Detroit improved to 30-4-2 when scoring first.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89