By Dave Hart
Red Wings 5, Predators 3 – The Red Wings picked up their third straight win on Friday night, defeating the Nashville Predators.
The game was scoreless after the first period.
Both teams exchanged two goals during the second as Muskegon native Justin Abdelkader opened the scoring at the 5:17 mark of the period and Drew Miller tied the game 2-2 with 40 seconds left in the middle stanza.
Detroit’s goaltender Petr Mrazek picked up the win, stopping 30 of 33 Predator shots.
The Red Wings will look to keep their winning streak alive on Saturday night when they host the defending Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks.
Record: 3-2-0 6 pts
Tied for 2nd Place in Atlantic Division (1 pt behind Montreal Canadiens)
Tied for 4th Place in Eastern Conference (1 pt behind three teams)
1 point ahead of Florida Panthers for final playoff spot
Magic # of pts to clinch a playoff berth: 156 pts
Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Atlantic Division title: 158 pts
Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 158 pts
Next Game: 10/22/2016 vs San Jose Sharks 7:00 p.m. @ Joe Louis Arena
Stats: Goals- Justin Abdelkader (1), Drew Miller (2), Tomas Tatar (1), Gustav Nyquist (1), Darren Helm (4). Assists- Ryan Sproul (1), Gustav Nyquist (4), Mike Green (4), Alexey Marchenko (1), Jonathan Ericsson (1), Luke Glendening (3), Henrik Zetterberg (3). Goalie- Petr Mrazek W (2-2-0) 30 saves on 33 shots.