ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Nashville Predators center Matt Cullen returns home for the first time since leaving the Minnesota Wild last summer when the Predators play the Wild Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center.
Cullen, a Moorhead, Minn. native, spent the last three seasons with the Wild, scoring 33 goals and 101 points in 193 games.
The Wild and Predators played two weeks ago in Nashville, so playing against his former teammates won't be something new. But this is Cullen's first trip to St. Paul as an opponent since Oct. 24, 2009 when Cullen skated for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Back then, Cullen hadn't yet become a fan favorite in Minnesota.
"It was funny walking past the doors [to the Wild locker room]," Cullen said. "It's kind of nice having already played one time, it helped quite a bit. But to be on the ice here, this building, on the other bench, it will be a strange feeling."