Tonight the Minnesota Wild square off with the Nashville Predators in Tennessee. The Wild have not lost a game in regulation ( 6-0-3) since Thanksgiving weekend, having won three straight and are looking for a season-best fourth straight victory tonight. The Wild have played well at Bridgestone Arena, going 9-4-1 in its last 14 games against the Predators. Minnesota has earned points in seven of its last eight games in Nashville (4-1-3), including four straight victories.
Mikko Koivu is on an absolute tear, with seven points in his past two games. Koivu has had success against the Predators with 35 points (7-28=35) in his past 36 games against Nashville. Get ready for the boo-birds as Ryan Suter is back in his ol' stomping grounds where he spent his first seven season. But that may not be the only thing fans will be booing, Nashville is 4-8-3 in their past 15 which includes just three home wins over the last month. If the Predators win tonight, it will be their first home win against the Wild since October 2013.
Devan Dubnyk returned from injury on Thursday night and is expected to start again. He is 3-0-0 with a .085 GAA, .968 SV% and one shutout in December. Pekka Rinne should start and is 12-7-3 with a 2.34 GAA, a .915 SV% and three shutouts in 23 games (21 starts) vs. the Wild. He leads the NHL in starts this season with 27. Newly acquired Jarret Stoll won 11-15 faceoffs in his debut on Thursday. Puck drop is at 7pm. Go Wild!