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Preview: Preds @ Wild: Last Game Before Break (Thanks Olympics)

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Last game for the Wild until February 27th. Be good to our guys, Sochi. Also happy Birthday, Aaron Holm!

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What up, Wilderness! This is my first post and am super excited to be on board! Tonight the X and the Wild play host to the Nashville Predators. Thursday's contest with Nashville will be the 59th game of the season, but the Wild will not play another game until Feburary 27th as the NHL breaks for the Olympics in Sochi. Zach Parise will be captaining 'Merica for their first taste of gold since some guy named, Herb Brooks turned a team of misfits, into gold medal winners.

Nashville (25-23-9, 59) is 11th in the West and are four points out of the 8th spot in the conference. Unlike the Wild (30-21-7, 67) sitting at 6th in the West, and are looking to distance themselves from the crowded Western Conference. Darcy Kuemper kept his cool and almost blanked the Stamkos-less Lighting on Tuesday. The F***** All star also found the back of the net, recording his 10th point in his 12 games, 50 in '14?? Jared Spurgeon didn't miss a beat either, recording assists on both goals Tuesday in his return to the lineup.

We'll have to wait and see what Mike Yeo decides to do with the lineup, (ya know, since we won something's gonna change) and see if Zucks is scratched, or if Keith Ballard slides in with some other lucky player.

Nashville was blanked by the Wild in their own building on January 12th, 4-0. Matt Cullen has been out since Jan. 24th, and won't be lighting the lamp at his ol' stomping grounds tonight. Make sure you get a good look at Seth Jones tonight too, since he'll be skating here in about 6 years for 81 times a season. (Get it, Because Ryan Suter played there...) Any way, go Wild!

Puck drops in St. Paul at 7:00 pm tonight and the game can be watched on Fox Sports North and heard on 100.3 FM KFXN in the Twin Cities.