NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 4th (All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (8-3-1) at Minnesota Wild (10-2-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild hope to keep the best start in franchise history moving forward tonight when they host the surging Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild are 10-2-0 so far and lead the Northwest Division with 20 points. The club has won four of its last five contests and began November with a home victory over division rival Vancouver on Thursday.
In Thursday's win Brian Rolston and Todd White each scored a goal and had an assist and Niklas Backstrom stopped all 19 shots he faced to lift the Wild to the 5-2 home victory over the Canucks. Minnesota holds a five-point edge over Vancouver for first place in the Northwest.
Nick Schultz, Pascal Dupuis and Branko Radivojevic each scored a goal to round out the balanced scoring attack.
Minnesota has had to play much of its season without their star player Marian Gaborik. The three-time 30-goal scorer has missed five games since suffering a groin strain on October 20 in Anaheim.
The Wild will visit San Jose on Tuesday to open a five-game road trip.
Nashville, meanwhile, has won its last four games, and eight of its last nine since beginning the campaign with three straight losses. On Wednesday, Paul Kariya had three assists to lead the Predators past the Edmonton Oilers, 5-3, at Rexall Place.
Kariya's first helper of the game gave him 800 career points as the Predators improved to 8-0-1 over their last nine.
David Legwand scored a goal and had an assist for the Predators, while backup goaltender Chris Mason got the start in place of Tomas Vokoun and made 22 saves.
Nashville is currently tied with Detroit for first place in the Central Division with 17 points. The Preds will have some time off before visiting the Red Wings next Friday.
Minnesota defeated Nashville, 6-5, on October 7 in St. Paul and has won two of the last three meetings overall.
11/04 10:36:18 ET