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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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Local
Final
CHA 104
BOS 116
Final
DET 2
ATL 4
Final
TAM 6
BAL 6
Final
PIT 18
PHI 4
Final
STL 6
WAS 2
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NYM 7
MIA 1
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CWS 1
CLE 4
Final
OAK 11
COL 2
Final
TEX 7
KAN 11
Final
SEA 5
ANA 3
Final
CIN 3
SDP 6
Final
CHC 8
SFG 5
Final
ARI 2
LOS 4
Final
HOU 4
TOR 7
Final
BOS 14
MIN 2
 
Final
CHA 104
BOS 116
Final
PHI 111
LAL 113
Final
TOR 99
HOU 96
Final
ATL 101
MIL 88
Final
MEM 97
SAC 83
 
Final
MIN 84
UTA 104
 
1st
POR 28
PHO 22
 
Final
LOYC 65
LAMON 58
Final
MON 3
TAM 5
Final
STL 1
VAN 4
 
2nd Intermission
DAL 2
CAL 4
 
2nd Intermission
CHI 3
LOS 1
 
2nd
COL 1
EDM 2
 
1st
ARI 1
BUF 0