Later tonight, the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild will clash for the fourth time this season.
With a chance to be two points back of the Vancouver Canucks in the Wild Card race, the Predators take on the Wild in another game filled with opportunity for the team from Music City.
Another chance for Nashville to capture a “four-point game” and close the gap on one of the teams they are directly chasing for the playoffs.
Nashville has been here before, and they’ve squandered the chance.
Minnesota is 2-1 against the Predators so far this season, with both Wild wins coming via shutout.
Last month, these two teams met in Nashville and the Predators were shutdown by the Wild as their chance to gain precious ground slipped away. Here’s our story recapping the Wild’s dominant 4-0 victory.
After that game, Predators forward Eric Nystrom shared his frustration at being beaten by one of Nashville’s most hated Central Division rivals.
Tonight, however, the Predators enter this evening’s contest playing some of their best hockey this season. At 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, Nashville’s offense and defense is clicking at a much higher rate than the last time these two clubs faced off.
Goaltender Carter Hutton will likely be in net for Nashville tonight, and the team may get some reinforcements to their forward group if Matt Cullen or Viktor Stalberg can return from their upper-body injuries. Both players have reportedly made progress in their recovery.
We’ll have more lineup updates and news as the day progresses. Faceoff is at the Xcel Energy Center at 7:00 p.m. (CST).