Preview: Wild at Predators
Ryan Suter will wear a different jersey when he returns to the ice at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. After signing a 13-year, $98 million contract in the offseason, the defenseman will lead the visiting Minnesota Wild against his former team in the Nashville Predators. Suter, who spent his first seven seasons in Music City, scored his first goal with his new team during Tuesday's 5-3 setback to Chicago.
While the Wild have enjoyed a break in the schedule, the Predators had little difficulty turning back road-weary Edmonton on Friday. Colin Wilson collected two goals and two assists while Pekka Rinne turned aside 24 shots to record his NHL-leading fourth shutout as Nashville breezed to a 6-0 triumph. Patric Hornqvist netted a power-play goal before exiting with an upper-body injury for the Predators, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN North, FSN Wisconsin (Minnesota), FSN Tennessee (Nashville)
ABOUT THE WILD (11-9-2): Minnesota has won just three times in 11 road contests this season (3-7-1), but it will receive a boost on Friday. Right wing Cal Clutterbuck, who had missed six games with a thigh contusion, expects to be in the lineup against the Predators. Clutterbuck participated in Friday's practice on a line with Dany Heatley and Kyle Brodziak. Devin Setoguchi, who has collected two goals and four assists during his five-game point streak, scored in Minnesota's 2-1 win over Nashville on Feb. 9.
ABOUT THE PREDATORS (10-9-5): Nashville entered Friday's tilt averaging a meager 1.96 goals per contest before erupting versus Edmonton. The Predators went 2-for-4 on the power play - after converting just one of their previous 14 opportunities - and benefited from David Legwand's wrist shot from center ice which bounced past the glove of Devan Dubnyk. Legwand also tallied in the teams' first encounter this season - a 3-1 win by Nashville on Jan. 22.
1. Wilson has recorded six goals and 12 assists in his last 17 contests but has just one tally in 11 career games versus the Wild.
2. Minnesota G Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 of 26 shots to secure the win in his last outing versus Nashville. The Finn owns an 8-5-1 career mark against the Predators.
3. The Wild recalled G Matt Hackett from Houston of the American Hockey League and placed G Darcy Kuemper on injured reserve.
PREDICTION: Predators 2, Wild 1
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