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Nashville Predators blank Detroit Red Wings, 2-0

Detroit Red Wings left wing Darren Helm, center, moves the puck in front of Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros, left, as he is defended by center Mikael Granlund, right, in the first period Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. (AP photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville built some momentum on its long road trip. The Predators were certainly happy to be back home.

Juuse Saros made 31 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Nashville Predators beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Mikael Granlund and Mathieu Olivier scored for Nashville, which has won four of its last five.

“Coming home off of a 16-day road trip, being ready to play, I thought we got off to a good start and played a pretty solid hockey game,” Nashville coach John Hynes said.

Detroit has lost two straight.

The shutout was the 12th of Saros’ career.

His best save against the Red Wings came with 11:24 remaining in the second. With Nashville up 1-0 and on a power play, Saros denied Darren Helm on a breakaway.

Granlund scored the game’s first goal at 13:59 of the opening period.

With Nashville on a power play, Eeli Tolvanen slid a pass to Roman Josi in the high slot. Josi sent a one-timer toward Detroit goaltender Thomas Greiss. Standing just outside the crease, Granlund tipped the puck past Greiss on the stick side.

Nashville was 1 of 2 on the power play while Detroit came up empty in three power play opportunities.

“Tonight, we had chances for our power play to make a difference and it wasn’t good enough,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “And obviously gave up the PK goal, so it’s hard to get out specialty teamed to win in this league, especially when you’re not a high-scoring offense, so we’ve got to make sure we win that battle.”

Greiss finished with 32 saves.