7 p.m. vs. Nashville • FSN Plus, 100.3-FM
Preview: The Wild wraps up a four-game homestand. The Wild won the first two meetings of the season, both in December and both in Nashville by 5-2 and 3-2 scores. Minnesota is 4-3-1 in its past eight games against the Predators at home. The Predators have won five of their past six to claw their way into the Western Conference’s top eight.
Players to watch: G Darcy Kuemper might get the start. He is 3-0-1 in his past four starts but has allowed 18 goals in his past five starts, and coach Bruce Boudreau said last Sunday he must start playing better. RW Charlie Coyle has four points against Nashville this season and C Eric Staal has two goals and an assist. C Mikko Koivu has 37 points in 40 games against the Predators. P.K. Subban was the first defenseman to ever have a hat trick against Minnesota in 2011, when he was with Montreal. RW James Neal leads Nashville with 15 goals. LW Filip Forsberg has 10 goals in his past 19 games.
Numbers: The Wild is 4-1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. … The Wild ranks first in the NHL at home on the power play (28.8 percent). … Thirteen of the past 23 contests between these teams have been decided by one goal (the Wild is 12-8-3).
Injuries: Wild D Jonas Brodin (broken finger) is out. Predators D Roman Josi (upper body) and LW Colin Wilson (lower body) are out.