Getting into a high-scoring game with Detroit usually isn’t a good idea, especially for a low-scoring team like the Predators. But on a Monday night that seemed to rain goals, Nashville held on for a 6-4 win in front of an overflow crowd of 17,212 at Bridgestone Arena. It was the most goals in one game by Nashville since a 7-2 win over Chicago on Nov. 16. Not a bad way to end 2013. “Is (New Year’s Eve) coming up?” Predators coach Barry Trotz said jokingly. “All we think about is the next game.” It was the only home game of the season against Nashville’s old Central Division rival. Detroit moved to the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division during realignment. The Predators faced the Red Wings at least four times in each of the previous 14 seasons. Nashville swept the two-game series with Detroit this year. Center Colin Wilson shined for the Predators with two goals and one assist. “It’s not very often we score six goals, so it was pretty fun to be a part of it,” Wilson said. “I think we were just trying to get pucks on the net from everywhere, and that’s how pucks start going in.” The Predators won their second straight game, evening their record at 18-18-4. It was a rare road loss for Detroit (18-14-9), which fell to 12-4-3 in away games. The Predators scored their first three goals to goalie Jimmy Howard’s glove side as he played his first game since missing the previous eight with a sprained left knee. He has struggled this season, going 6-9-7.
Nashville Predators defeat Detroit Red Wings
Tennessean | Dec 31