Predators at Wild preview
Nashville can defeat Minnesota for eighth straight time, gain upper-hand in Western wild-card chaseby Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent
PREDATORS (32-25-8) at WILD (32-26-7)
8 p.m. ET; FS-WI, FS-N+, FS-TN, NHL.TV
The Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild each look to climb in the Western Conference wild-card race when they meet at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.
The Predators, who have lost two straight after going 6-1-1 in their previous eight games, are tied with the Winnipeg Jets and Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the West. Nashville is two points behind the Vancouver Canucks, who have the first wild card, and one point ahead of the Wild, who are 5-2-0 in their past seven games and 12-6-1 in their past 19.
Nashville is trying for its eight straight win against Minnesota; the Wild (0-4-3 in those games), who have not been in a playoff position since Dec. 6, have not defeated the Predators since March 24, 2018.
Goalie Alex Stalock will make his fifth consecutive start for Minnesota; he's 7-2-1 with 1.99 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts in his past 10 starts but is 0-5-1 with a 3.00 GAA and .906 save percentage in six career games against the Predators.
Players to watch
Predators defenseman Roman Josi has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak.
Wild forward Kevin Fiala has nine points (four goals, five assists) during a four-game point streak, and has a goal in four straight games.
They said it
"We [have to] be mad. We [have to] wake up mad tomorrow. … It's a huge game tomorrow … We [have to] wake up, be angry and get a win." -- Predators defenseman Roman Josi after an 8-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena on Monday
"These games are a ton of fun. To leapfrog a team and put yourself in contention is a great opportunity and I know the guys in here are looking forward to it." -- Wild goalie Alex Stalock
Predators projected lineup
Colin Blackwell -- Ryan Johansen -- Colton Sissons
Calle Jarnkrok -- Matt Duchene -- Viktor Arvidsson
Filip Forsberg -- Kyle Turris -- Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith
Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis
Jarred Tinordi -- Mattias Ekholm
Dan Hamhuis -- Dante Fabbro
Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Austin Watson, Yannick Weber
Wild projected lineup
Jordan Greenway -- Eric Staal -- Kevin Fiala
Marcus Foligno -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Mats Zuccarello
Zach Parise -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin
Ryan Donato -- Mikko Koivu -- Ryan Hartman
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba
Brad Hunt -- Greg Pateryn
Scratched: Victor Rask, Gerald Mayhew
Injured: Carson Soucy (upper body)
The Predators did not have a morning skate Tuesday. … Kunin returns after missing the past five games with an upper-body injury.
Saros, who made four saves in relief Monday, is 8-3-0 with a 2.44 GAA, .927 save percentage and one shutout in his past 13 games (11 starts). … Parise has five points (two goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak.