STAR TRIBUNE'S THREE STARS
1. Chris Mason, Predators: Giving Pekka Rinne a rare game off, the veteran goalie made 29 saves.
2. Martin Erat, Predators: Scored the winning goal with 8:15 left after a Niklas Backstrom blunder. Had five shots.
3. Clayton Stoner, Wild: Defenseman was plus-1 and had four hits and an assist.
BY THE NUMBERS
3 Point streaks, in games, to open the season for Dany Heatley and Zach Parise.
5 Goals in nine games against the Wild for Nashville's Nick Spaling (he has 14 in 173 games vs. others).