Gameday preview: Nashville at Wild

  • Updated: April 12, 2014 - 7:29 PM

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7 P.M. VS. NASHVILLE • XCEL ENERGY CENTER • FSN, 100.3-FM

Preview: The Wild, winner of four in a row and 6-0-1 in its past seven, enters its final regular-season game one win from its second 100-point season in franchise history. Minnesota has won three straight against Nashville. The Predators were 4-0-1 in their past five games heading into Saturday’s game against Chicago.

Players to watch: G Ilya Bryzgalov, the first goalie to ever get points in his first 10 starts (7-0-3, 1.65 goals-against average, .929 save percentage), gets the nod. C Erik Haula has five points in six games since assuming the second-line center role. C Mikko Koivu, who has 16 points in his past 13 games, has 30 points in 28 meetings with the Predators. RW Jason Pominville is one goal from becoming the third Wild player to hit the 30-goal mark. Marian Gaborik and Brian Rolston combined for eight 30-goal seasons with the Wild … Predators G Pekka Rinne, the franchise leader with 162 wins, is 2-0-1 in his past three with a 1.30 goals-against average and .955 save percentage

Numbers: The Wild is 10-2-3 in its past 15 at home. … Since 2007-08, Bryzgalov ranks third in games played (396), is tied for third in shutouts (32) and is fifth in wins (196) among active goalies.

Injuries: Wild D Clayton Stoner (knee) is expected to return. C Kyle Brodziak (discomfort) is questionable. D Keith Ballard (groin), C Mikael Granlund (head), G Darcy Kuemper (upper body), G Josh Harding (MS), G Niklas Backstrom (abdominal surgery), LW Mike Rupp (suspended) and LW Jason Zucker (quad) are out. Predators F Patrick Eaves (lower body) is out.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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