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DETROIT (AP) — Ville Husso made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season, and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Nashville Predators 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Filip Hronek, Dylan Larkin and Michael Rasmussen scored in Detroit’s third straight win. It was Hronek’s fourth goal in his last three games and Larkin scored his ninth of the season to take the lead.

Nashville had gone 4-0-1 in their last five games and won their last six encounters with Detroit. Kevin Lankinen stopped 26 shots on his first start in nearly two weeks, but the Predators were ruled out for the second time this season.

“I thought we deserved better than being left out,” said Nashville coach John Hynes. “I thought we had some really good 5v5 looks, some good powerplay vibes. That’s how it goes sometimes. You’re playing pretty well and you’re not getting any results for your efforts.”

The Red Wings committed 10 freebies in the first half, but the Predators only had seven shots on target.

Larkin scored at 4:09 of the second period, flicking a wrist shot past Lankinen’s glove.

“That’s what you want from your top player,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said of Larkin. “I think his game has improved overall and he’s got some winning habits and a commitment to getting things right. He will be rewarded and our group will be rewarded.”

Nashville had a 5-on-3 power play mid-period, but Husso stopped four shots.

“Towards the end of the power play we had some good looks, some good one-timers and he made some really good saves,” said Predators defender Roman Josi. “When you have almost two minutes of 5-on-3, you have to find a way to score.”

Husso had three shutouts in his first two NHL seasons with St. Louis, which landed him in Detroit in the offseason. He praised the defensive performance.

“The guys were incredible again in front of me tonight and that was an amazing 5v3 kill,” he said. “It gives us a lot of energy and I think we’re on the right track right now. There are still things we can do better, but I like the work we do every day.”

With the Predators’ Alexandre Carrier in the box, Hronek ripped a shot from the point past Lankinen at 14:16 of the second. Jonatan Berggren and Andrew Copp collected the assists.

“We had a 5-for-3 kill early in the season and it was all blocked shots and the guys put it on the line,” Larkin said. “That kill tonight was Huss made some big saves and the crowd went crazy. That really got us ahead.”

Rasmussen pinned an empty net in the last minute of the third game.

WORTHLESS

The Red Wings challenged goaltender Magnus Hellberg from Seattle Kraken waivers. Hellberg, 31, appeared in one game for Detroit last season and one for Ottawa this season. He saw no game action for Seattle. … Nashville assigned Milwaukee from the American Hockey League F Zach Sanford. … Red Wings F Oskar Sundqvist played his 300th career game.

NEXT

Predators: host Colorado on Friday.

Red Wings: host Arizona on Friday.


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