Wild-Nashville game preview
- April 3, 2012 - 1:01 AM
Preview: The Wild, playing its final road game, has won five of its past eight games and three in a row for the first time since Dec. 10. The Wild has won one game in regulation in the past 17. The Predators have lost six of 10 (4-5-1) and are 3-3 since the return of skilled forward Alex Radulov from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.
Players to watch: Wild C Kyle Brodziak has six goals and 12 points in the past 12 games. Brodziak and LW Dany Heatley are tied for the team goal lead with 22. RW Devin Setoguchi is a goal from his fourth consecutive 20-goal season. C Erik Christensen has six goals in the past 11 games. Nashville's Radulov has three goals and three assists in six games. D Shea Weber is tied for first among NHL defensemen with 19 goals (league-leading 10 on the power play) and is fifth with 49 points. D Ryan Suter is tied for eighth among blue-liners with 46 points. Leading scorer Martin Erat has 26 points in 32 games against the Wild.
Numbers: The Predators own the NHL's top power play, clicking at 22 percent. ... Since March 17, the Wild's power play is fifth best in the NHL. ... Three Wild players have played every game (Heatley, Brodziak and Darroll Powe).
Injuries: Wild C Warren Peters (pinched nerve) is questionable. LW Matt Kassian (sports hernia), D Steve Kampfer (knee), C Matt Cullen (broken finger), D Jared Spurgeon (concussion), D Mike Lundin (sports hernia), W Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion) and LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) are out. Predators RW Brian McGrattan (upper body) is out.
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