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Thursday, January 26th (All times eastern)

Nashville Predators (31-12-6) at Minnesota Wild (24-21-4), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild will try to extend their franchise record win streak to five games this evening, as they host the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild won their fourth straight game for the first time in team history with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday. Brian Rolston scored two goals, including the short-handed game-winner early in the third period to lead the Wild.

Marian Gaborik also tallied for the Wild, while Manny Fernandez made 18 saves.

Rolston has posted four goals in the last two games to bring his team-leading total to 22 on the season. Gaborik is second on the Wild with 16 goals.

The Wild, who are 15-10-1 at home this season, visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

Nashville has also been hot lately, winning three in a row. The two most recent wins in that stretch have come in Detroit.

Paul Kariya's goal 35 seconds into overtime lifted the Predators to Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Detroit and vaulted them into a first-place tie in the Central Division with the Red Wings.

Steve Sullivan also notched a shorthanded goal for Nashville, which won for the fourth time in their last five games to share the division lead with 68 points.

Sullivan scored his 200th career goal and is tied for first in the NHL with four shorthanded goals in 2005-06.

Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves in the victory.

Nashville's Kimmo Timonen posted an assist and extended his point streak to six games. He has two goals and six helpers during the run.

On Monday, Nashville posted a 3-2 victory in a contest that was originally scheduled for November 21. That game was suspended and postponed due to the collapse and subsequent hospitalization of Detroit's Jiri Fischer.

Tonight marks the third portion of a five-game road trip for the Predators, who are 12-7-5 as the visitor this season.

The Wild and Predators have split a pair of meetings this season with each team winning a game at home. Nashville is 0-4-2 (4 losses, 2 ties) in the last six matchups in Minnesota.

01/26 10:20:31 ET


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