ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota enters play tonight winners of two in a row and will look to start a season 3-0 for the first time since 2008-09. Coach Mike Yeo has made no changes to the skaters in his lineup through two games, a trend expected to continue Tuesday night against Nashville at Xcel Energy Center.
Niklas Backstrom started in goal Saturday against Colorado and will get the nod again. Over his career against the Predators, Backstrom is 7-4-1 with a 2.83 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
Nashville is expected to make a couple of changes after Monday night's shootout loss to St. Louis, as the team recalled forward Gabriel Bourque from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. Where he slots in is anyone's guess, as Nashville only had an optional skate this morning. Predators coach Barry Trotz did mention, however, that he was recalled in order to play Tuesday.
Trotz said he knew who he was starting in goal but wouldn't reveal it until just before game time. Reading the tea leaves, it's believed Chris Mason will get the nod. In 13 career games against Minnesota, Mason is 6-5-2 with a 3.20 goals-against average and an .881 save percentage.
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley
Matt Cullen - Mikael Granlund - Devin Setoguchi
Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Darroll Powe - Zenon Konopka - Torrey Mitchell
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Tom Gilbert - Clayton Stoner
Nate Prosser - Justin Falk
Martin Erat - Mike Fisher - Sergei Kostitsyn
Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist
Craig Smith - Nick Spaling - Matt Halischuk
Gabriel Bourque - Brandon Yip - Brian McGrattan
Roman Josi - Shea Weber
Scott Hannan - Kevin Klein
Hal Gill - Ryan Ellis