PREVIEW: Red Wings host Predators for annual Thanksgiving Eve clash – NHL.com

The Detroit Red Wings will open a season-long five-game homestand on Wednesday night, battling the Nashville Predators at Little Caesars Arena, in what has become a lively Thanksgiving Eve tradition over the years in Hockeytown.
Puck drop between Detroit (9-5-4; 22 points) and Nashville (9-8-2; 20 points) is set for 7 p.m. on Bally Sports Detroit and the Red Wings Radio Network (97.1 The Ticket in Detroit).
In Saturday’s 6-1 win at Columbus, Filip Hronek recorded his first career two-goal NHL game to help the Red Wings finish with five of a possible eight points on their four-game road trip.
Video: Red Wings earn 6-1 road win over Blue Jackets
“I think we’ve had some results because we’re getting good D-play,” head coach Derek Lalonde said. “And it starts, obviously, with our D-men.”
Headlined by Hronek, who leads all Red Wings defensemen with 14 points and a plus-8 rating through 18 games this season, the club’s blueliners have combined for six goals in back-to-back games for just the third time in franchise history.
And with Gustav Lindstrom (lower body) expected to return to the lineup this week and as Mark Pysyk (lower body) inches closer to making his Red Wings debut after the new year, Lalonde said it’s been a luxury having so many impactful defensemen.
Video: Derek Lalonde | Media Availability | 11/22/22
“We have had tough decisions with our D,” Lalonde said. “Unfortunately, with our forward group, we’re playing every available body possible. But that hasn’t been the case on the D, and that’s probably helped us in our success early on.”
The Predators extended their point streak to five straight games after defeating the Arizona Coyotes, 4-3, in a shootout on Monday. Nino Niederreiter (9-2-11) leads Nashville in goals and has scored in three of the past four contests, while Ryan Johansen has won 63.5 percent of his faceoffs, the second-best mark in the NHL. Predators goalie Juuse Saros is 7-6-2 with a 3.06 goals-against average this season.
Detroit and Nashville will conclude their season series at Bridgestone Arena on March 14, 2023.
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After Tuesday’s practice, Lalonde said that Elmer Soderblom, who was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 15 retroactive to Nov. 8, remains day-to-day.
“I still wanna look at it as a day-to-day,” Lalonde said. “Obviously, he’s flirting with more time than that.”
Lalonde added that the coaching staff will need to decide whether Soderblom, upon his return, or Jonatan Berggren will remain with Detroit or be reassigned to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
“When Elmer comes back, hopefully sooner than later, now we probably have those type of conversations,” Lalonde said. “What makes sense? What’s better for the development at the time?”

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