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Wild aim to make it 3-0 against Preds

Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 10:42 AM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Wild aim to make it 3-0 against Preds
Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild

PREDATORS (0-0-2) at WILD (2-0-0)

TV: FS-TN, FS-N, FS-WI

Season series: This is the first of three matchups between the teams. The Predators took three of four from the Wild in 2011-12, with two of those victories coming via the shootout.

Big story: Minnesota is off to the start it was hoping for after signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the two biggest prizes on the free-agent market last summer.

Team scope:

Predators: Nashville is winless in its first two games of the 2012-13 season, but not all is lost. With back-to-back shootout losses, the Predators have been able to collect points in what is primed to be a heated race to the Stanley Cup Playoffs throughout this 48-game regular season.

"We haven't been beaten in a game," Predators coach Barry Trotz said after Monday’s 4-3 shootout loss to St. Louis at Bridgestone Arena. "We've been beaten in a little bit of a skills competition. At the same time, it's huge, especially the extra points in the League right now. If you can get them in the shootout, let's take them.”

Wild: Minnesota made it back-to-back victories with Sunday’s 1-0 win against the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center. Josh Harding, who is battling multiple sclerosis, stopped all 24 shots he faced to help Parise’s first goal as a member of the Wild stand up as the game-winner.

"I can't thank the team enough for having my back, they made some great plays and played great out there," Harding said. "It was a long time coming. It's been a tough couple months here, but this made it all worth it."

Who’s hot: Preds winger Patric Hornqvist has a goal and three assists and Martin Erat has a goal and two assists for Nashville. … Parise has a goal and two assists in his first two games with Minnesota, while sniper Dany Heatley has a pair of tallies and an assist.

Injury report: Gabriel Bourque is day-to-day for Nashville with a lower-body injury. … Minnesota is expected to be without defensemen Jonas Brodin (upper body) and Marco Scandella (groin) until around the end of the month.

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 09 '13MIN 2 at NSH 1 - SOM. Cullen
Feb 09 '13NSH 1 at MIN 2 - OTD. Setoguchi
Jan 22 '13NSH 3 at MIN 1M. Erat
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Erat3224+1201
P. Hornqvist3134-1410
R. Ellis3112+2010
M. Fisher3112+1010
N. Spaling3112+1200
S. Kostitsyn3022+1000
D. Legwand3101+0410
C. Wilson3101-3000
B. Yip3011+1400
K. Klein3011-2000
S. Weber3000+11100
H. Gill3000+0200
R. Josi3000+0000
S. Hannan3000-1500
M. Halischuk3000-1000
C. Smith3000-1000
B. McGrattan2000+0000
R. Clune2000+0700
G. Bourque1000+1000
P. Gaustad1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
C. Mason11-0-01301.00.967
P. Rinne20-0-25672.31.925
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
D. Heatley3314+1021
Z. Parise3134+0001
P. Bouchard3112+2400
M. Koivu3022-1400
M. Granlund3101+1000
C. Stoner3011+2000
K. Brodziak3011+1200
C. Clutterbuck3011+1400
D. Setoguchi3011+0000
J. Spurgeon3011-3000
T. Gilbert3000+2000
D. Powe3000+0200
J. Falk3000+0200
N. Prosser3000+0000
M. Cullen3000-1200
Z. Konopka3000-11200
T. Mitchell3000-1000
R. Suter3000-3400
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
N. Backstrom21-1-05532.52.906
J. Harding11-0-00240.001.000