The Red Wings have won eight of their last 10 games and are coming off Tuesday's 4-1 victory over a Pittsburgh Penguins club that was minus Sidney Crosby. Detroit took full advantage, getting a pair of tallies from Danny Cleary in a three-goal third period to pull away.
"We're playing well," said Howard. "We're keeping it simple and we're in the right spots out there."
Nashville is on its longest win streak of the season and has taken the first two of a four-game homestand. The Preds won a close game over the Flames on Tuesday, notching a 2-1 decision.
"They played a strong game but I thought we had one of the better games of the season," said Rinne.
Nashville moved to 11-1-2 this year when holding its opponents to two goals or less.
The Predators won four of six versus the Red Wings a season ago, but Detroit took the first meeting between the clubs this season at home on Nov. 26.
Valtteri Filppula scored twice in that win and notched an assist, Cleary also had a goal and Howard posted 18 saves in the 4-1 triumph.
Rinne allowed all four goals on 37 shots and Jack Hillen had a late goal for the Preds.