Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 12/26/11

Tonight’s slate:
Avalanche @ Wild, 6:00 ET
Capitals @ Sabres, 7:00
Islanders @ Rangers, 7:00
Devils @ Hurricanes, 7:00
Stars @ Blues, 7:30
Red Wings @ Predators, 8:00
Blue Jackets @ Blackhawks, 8:30
Oilers @ Canucks, 10:00
Coyotes @ Kings, 10:00
Ducks @ Sharks, 10:30

Game of the night:
Detroit Red Wings @ Nashville Predators
8:00 ET… TV: Local Networks

Overall: Red Wings (21-12-1) … Predators (18-13-4)
Away/Home: Red Wings (8-10-0) … Predators (9-5-3)
Last 10: Red Wings (5-5-0) … Predators (6-4-0)
Season Series: Tied 1-1

Players to watch:
DET- Pavel Datsyuk
Datsyuk always brings his A-game against the Preds; he has 56 points in 54 career games against them.
NSH- Shea Weber
Weber, who leads the team in points, burned Detroit in their last meeting, scoring two goals in the final five minutes to give Nashville the win.

Starting goaltenders:
DET- Jimmy Howard (2011-12 stats: 20-8-1, 1.99 GAA)
NSH- Pekka Rinne (2011-12 stats: 16-9-4, 2.65 GAA)

Injury report:
DET- Patrick Eaves (jaw, out), Chris Conner (hand, out)
NSH- Kevin Klein (flu, questionable)

Game thoughts:
Music City will be rocking tonight as the Predators host rival Detroit for the second time in 11 days. The last time the Wings were in Nashville, Weber and the Preds mounted a comeback to win 4-3. Barry Trotz’s crew has won six of eight and is looking to maintain pace in the crazy West. Meanwhile, Detroit is coming off a couple disappointing road losses, so look for them to bounce back tonight and get some revenge on the Preds.
Prediction: Red Wings 3, Predators 2 (SO)

The rest of today’s predictions:
Wild over Avalanche
Capitals over Sabres
Rangers over Islanders
Hurricanes over Devils
Blues over Stars
Blackhawks over Blue Jackets
Canucks over Oilers
Kings over Coyotes
Sharks over Ducks

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