When: 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Where: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
TV: Bally Sports Detroit.
Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1) (Red Wings radio affiliates).
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Game Notes: The Wings’ tradition of playing on Thanksgiving Eve will continue with a visit from the Predators, their former Central Division rivals. The Preds, like the Wings, find themselves in a crowded group of squats battling for a wildcard spot. While the Wings in the east are at the top of the World Championship, the Preds in the west sit fourth in a group of four teams with 20 points thanks to just seven regulations/overtime wins.
If that seems like a familiar status for Nashville, well it is; The Preds have finished fourth or fifth in their division in five of the last seven seasons (with two division crowns in 2018-19). Likewise, the key players in mustard and blue are fairly familiar: Forward Filip Forsberg tops the list in points (19), Juuse Saros is in the net (albeit with a below-average 3.06 GAA and 0.905 save percentage), and Roman Josi is a perennial contender to the Norris Trophy; he has four goals and 12 assists in 19 games.
There are a few new faces to watch out for though: Free-agent signee Nino Niederreiter has been perky with nine goals in 19 games. That’s a 43-goal pace, though the 30-year-old has never scored more than 25 goals in a single season, in 11 previous seasons with the Islanders, Wild and Hurricanes. At the young end, forward Juuso Parssinen was called up from the AHL and made a quick impression last week; The 2019 seventh-seeker had two goals and an assist in a 5-4 win over the Islanders on Nov. 17 and an assist in an OT loss to Lightning on Nov. 19.
The Wings, on the other hand, have picked up wins in their last two games thanks to six combined goals from defenders Ben Chiarot, Filip Hronek, Moritz Seider and Jake Walman.
Both teams have Thanksgiving off along with the 30 other NHL teams. The Wings are back in action Friday at Little Caesars Arena, hosting the Arizona Coyotes (who are in the middle of a 14-game road trip). The Preds, meanwhile, will have a matinee against defending Stanley Cup champions Colorado Avalanche at home on Friday.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Red Wings def. Nashville Predators, 3-0: Game Thread Replay