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Preview: If the Wild wins, it'll tie the 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings for the longest road winning streak in NHL history (12 games). The Wild is one of three teams in the past 80 years that has allowed two or fewer goals in 11 consecutive road games (all wins). The Wild is 2-1-1 against the Predators this season, including road wins at Nashville in February and March. The Predators are 0-2-2 in their past four.

Players to watch: Wild G Darcy Kuemper is expected to start his first game since Jan. 6. That'll end Devan Dubnyk's run of 39 consecutive starts —38 with the Wild. C Mikko Koivu is one point from his 500th. Former Predators D Ryan Suter is one assist from 300. LW Jason Zucker is a goal from his first 20-goal season. Predators C Mike Ribeiro has 23 points in 32 games against Minnesota. D Shea Weber has 19 points in 35 games. He and D Roman Josi have combined for 25 goals. C Filip Forsberg is one point from the rookie scoring lead with 61.

Numbers: The Wild is 18-5-1 in its past 24 games against the West. … In 21 games since Feb. 22, the Wild leads the NHL with 32 third-period goals and leads the NHL with nine third-period goals allowed.

Injuries: Wild LW Matt Cooke (sports hernia) is ready to return. LW Nino Niederreiter (foot) is questionable. D Keith Ballard (concussion) is out. Predators LW Eric Nystrom (lower body) is questionable.