(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators are ready to wrap up a five-game road trip which has produced nothing but success so far. The red-hot club figures to face the toughest and most important test of the lengthy swing, however, when the Preds swoop into Detroit's Joe Louis Arena Friday for a battle with the rival Red Wings.
The game is about as intriguing and important a matchup you'll find at this early stage of the season. The teams occupy the top two spots in the Central Division, with Detroit currently holding a two-point edge on for first place. Both also enter the showdown on fire, as the Red Wings have won their last seven games and Nashville is carrying a five-game win streak. Add in the fact that the teams don't particularly like one another, and you've got the makings of a potential must-see.
Friday's contest will be the 10th time the Predators will be playing in an enemy arena this season, and life on the road has been quite good for Nashville thus far. The Preds have won a franchise-record seven straight games away from home and are an impressive 9-0-1 overall over their last 10 outings.
"Every guy on this team is chipping in to help us win," said center Jason Arnott. "It's not just one guy, and that's what's helping us win."