Red Wings beat Predators 4-2 for 8th-place tie

DETROIT (AP) — Jimmy Howard made 46 saves, and Jason Williams, Nicklas Lidstrom, Drew Miller and Henrik Zetterberg scored in the Detroit Red Wings' 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

With the victory, Detroit avoided a season-high, four-game losing streak.

Francis Bouillon tied it for Nashville in the first period and Shea Weber pulled the Predators within a goal in the third.

Dan Ellis stopped 25 shots as the Predators lost a season-high fifth game.

Detroit moved into an eighth-place tie with Nashville in the Western Conference standings with about a third of the regular season left.

The Red Wings are hoping to extend their playoff streak to 19, the longest in sports. Nashville didn't make the playoffs last year after a four-year run.

Detroit is slowly starting to get some key players back on the ice and the latest one to return made an instant impact.

Williams, playing for the first time since breaking his right leg, redirected a deflected shot by Miller on a power play with 1:33 left in the first period. Detroit didn't have the lead for long because Bouillon scored a minute later.

Lidstrom and Miller gave the Red Wings a two-goal cushion with goals a few minutes apart early in the second period, the first score coming on a power play and the second just after one was killed.

The Red Wings had four power plays before a penalty was called on them midway through the second, then were called for two more in the period.

Nashville, though, could not take advantage.

Weber gave the Predators a shot to snap their streak with a goal early in the third and it looked like they were going to tie the game a couple minutes later. Cal O'Reilly hit the crossbar for the Predators, who hit a post in the first period.

Zetterberg gave Detroit a two-goal cushion midway through the second period, squeezing a shot from behind the goal line between Ellis and the left post on a play that stood after video review.

The Red Wings were called for a penalty with 1:35 left and Nashville pulled Ellis to have a two-skater advantage, but couldn't get another shot past Howard.

NOTES: A season-ticket holder interviewed during a second-period break took a shot at benched goalie Chris Osgood, saying in an interview that was broadcast to the crowd, "It's so good to have a goalie again." The stunned crowd started booing and broke into an "Oz-zie! Oz-zie!" chant. ... Detroit leads Nashville 2-1 in the six-game season series. ... Nashville scratched F Wade Belak because of a foot injury. ... F Ville Leino and D Derek Meech were healthy scratches for the Red Wings. ... Detroit D Brad Stuart played in his 700th career game. ... The Red Wings sent F Justin Abdelkader to the minors to clear a roster spot for Williams.