GAME: Nashville Predators (15-12-2-2) at Minnesota Wild (14-14-6-0).
TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST.
With Dwayne Roloson leading the way, the Minnesota Wild look to extend their
season-high unbeaten streak to six games when they host the Nashville
The Wild, who made a surprising run to the Western Conference finals last
spring, got off to a slow start this season. But Minnesota has fought its way
back to .500, mainly on the goaltending of Roloson.
The 33-year-old netminder has won his last three starts, including
Saturday's 5-2 victory over Columbus in which he stopped 27 shots. Roloson was
named the NHL's Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for his recent run.
Minnesota, one of just six NHL teams without a double-digit goal-scorer, has
had an offensive resurgence of late. The Wild managed just eight goals during a
2-4-2 stretch, but have bounced back with 17 goals during their current 4-0-1
"All the teams have times like that," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire
said. "When you are going through hard times, there is always the tough break
you are getting that kills you."
The Predators have earned points in five straight games (1-0-2-2), including
Monday's 3-3 tie with Phoenix. Scott Walker had his second career hat trick for
Nashville, but the Predators were denied a win when Shane Doan scored the
equalizer for the Coyotes at 8:40 of the third period.
Nashville has not suffered a regulation loss since a 4-1 setback to Los
Angeles on Dec. 11.