DETROIT (AP) -- The Nashville Predators moved ahead of the Detroit Red Wings in the race for home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs and gave their coach a milestone.
Gabriel Bourque and Francis Bouillon scored in the second period and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves to help Nashville beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Friday night for Barry Trotz's 500th victory with the team.
"Good for our franchise," Trotz said. "Sort of like we've arrived
Nashville is a point ahead of Detroit with four games left in the regular season to be the fourth-seeded team with home ice in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
"It doesn't mean anything right now," Nashville's Shea Weber said. "It gives us some confidence that we can come in here and win. If we don't win against Chicago (Saturday), we'll be back in the same situation with Detroit right on us."
Trotz is the fifth coach to win 500 games with one franchise,...