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Monday, December 30th (All times Eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (18-13-9) at Nashville Predators (17-18-4), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings will play their final game before hosting the 2014 Winter Classic and look to create some additional momentum in Monday night's meeting with the Nashville Predators.

The Red Wings will welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to Michigan Stadium on Wednesday and hope to do so as a winner in four of their last five. Their current 3-1-0 stretch comes on the heels of a six-game winless slump.

Detroit saw the return of Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Zetterberg had a power-play goal after missing 11 straight with a back injury, while Abdelkader had missed five in a row with a concussion.

Daniel Alfredsson also scored on the man advantage and Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist scored 38 seconds apart early in the third to lift Detroit.

Jonas Gustavsson made 30 saves in net and Pavel Datsyuk added two assists.

"We came out strong in the third," said Nyquist. "It was a real nice win for us."

The Red Wings could get even deeper ahead of Wednesday's outdoor clash if Jimmy Howard returns tonight from a sprained left MCL that has sidelined the netminder since Dec. 10.

Howard is 6-8-7 with a 2.66 goals against average in 21 starts this season and 9-6-1 lifetime versus the Predators with a 2.18 GAA and three shutouts.

Nashville will try to go into the new year on a winning streak, having snapped a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) with a 3-2 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

It was a wild finish as Mike Fisher scored a power-play goal with 3:18 left in regulation before the Kings countered with a game-tying tally with 36.7 seconds left.

The Predators quickly answered just 10 seconds later on the next shift. Colin Wilson skated down the left wing and fed Fisher in the middle. Fisher's shot went off Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens and was a ruled a goal, upheld after a video review confirmed the puck crossed the goal line.

Fisher also assisted on Patric Hornqvist's first-period tally and Marek Mazanec made 26 saves.

"It was nice to get back in the win column for sure," said Nashville rookie Seth Jones, who had two assists. "We weren't playing too bad, we just couldn't find a way to win."

The Predators snapped a three-game slide to the Red Wings by winning the first of two meetings this season 2-0 on Nov. 19 in Detroit. Mazanec made 27 saves in his first career shutout, while Gabriel Bourque and Shea Weber had a goal each.

Howard allow both goals on 25 shots.

12/30 10:33:23 ET

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Schedule

Wednesday, April 23Full Scoreboard
Pittsburgh32nd Prd 2:00 | Box
Columbus2@theRink | TV: NBCSN, CBC, ROOT, FSN-OH
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Pittsburgh leads series, 2-1.
Anaheim11st Prd 4:55 | Box
Dallas0@theRink | TV: CNBC, TSN, RDS2, FSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Anaheim leads series, 2-1.
St. Louis 4/23 9:30 PM ET
Chicago @theRink | TV: NBCSN, CBC, FSN-MW, CSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. St. Louis leads series, 2-1.
Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
3rd
MIA 66
CHA 60
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
5th
PIT 2
CIN 4
 
6th
CLE 2
KAN 3
 
6th
WAS 1
ANA 1
 
5th
TOR 6
BAL 9
 
6th
DET 4
CWS 2
 
4th
TAM 2
MIN 4
 
4th
BOS 4
NYY 0
 
5th
NYM 2
STL 1
 
2nd
MIL 4
SDP 1
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
3rd
MIA 66
CHA 60
 
2nd
SAN 23
DAL 24
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
2nd
CLB 2
PIT 3
 
1st
DAL 0
ANA 1
 
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1