7 p.m. AT NASHVILLE • FSN, 100.3-FM
Preview: It’s a battle between the only two winless teams in the Central Division. The 0-0-2 Wild hasn’t gone three games to start the season without a win since opening 0-4-1 in 2000-01. The Wild is 1-3-2 in its past six visits to Nashville and hasn’t won a game in regulation there since Dec. 5, 2009. The past three games have gone to a shootout (Wild is 1-2).
Players to watch: Predators C Matt Cullen will make his home debut. Cullen scored the shootout winner for Minnesota last season in Nashville. Wild D Ryan Suter, who left Nashville for Minnesota via free agency, was booed throughout. Predators D Seth Jones, fourth overall in June’s draft, might be paired with Suter’s former partner, Shea Weber. Wild LW Matt Cooke has had a strong start, scoring on his first shift opening night against Los Angeles and drawing two penalties against Anaheim that led to Zach Parise and Jason Pominville power-play goals.
Numbers: The Wild leads the NHL with a .637 faceoff winning percentage and is tied for third in shots against per game (24.0). … Wild C Kyle Brodziak is third in the NHL in the faceoff circle (. 700) and C Mikko Koivu is fifth (. 667). Predators C Paul Gaustad leads the NHL (. 778). … The Predators have scored three goals in their two losses.
Injuries: Wild C Charlie Coyle (knee) and LW Mike Rupp (knee) are out. LW Zach Parise left Monday’s practice sick but is on the trip and expected to play. Predators D Roman Josi (concussion) and F Viktor Stalberg (shoulder) are out.
|Cleveland - LP: T. House||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: A. Simon||4|
|Houston - WP: S. Feldman||9||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: K. Graveman||3|
|NY Mets - WP: M. Harvey||8||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Sabathia||2|
|Washington - LP: S. Strasburg||0||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: T. Koehler||8|
|Toronto - LP: B. Cecil||2||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: E. Frieri||4|
|Atlanta - WP: S. Miller||5||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: D. Buchanan||2|
|Boston - LP: K. Uehara||4||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: B. Matusz||5|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Belisle||5||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta||3|
|Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson||2||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: A. Reed||1|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Machi||5||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: B. Brown||4|
|Los Angeles - WP: B. McCarthy||11||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy||8|
|Texas - LP: C. Lewis||1||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: V. Pestano||4|
|Minnesota - WP: T. Stauffer||8||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: J. Paxton||5|
|Real Salt Lake||0||FINAL|
|Sporting Kansas City||4||FINAL|