Preds close out season with win over Wild
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Craig Smith scored two goals and the Nashville Predators beat the playoff-bound Minnesota Wild, 7-3, in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Calle Jarnkrok had a goal and two assists for the Predators, who went 6-0-1 over their final seven games. Ryan Ellis, Shea Weber, Rich Clune and Roman Josi each scored a goal.
Carter Hutton stopped 26-of-29 shots for Nashville, which missed the playoffs for the second straight season.
Jason Pominville had a goal and two assists for Minnesota, which went 6-1-1 over its last eight games. Erik Haula and Zach Parise also lit the lamp.
Ilya Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 21 shots before being pulled for John Curry, who made 10 saves in relief.
The Wild clinched the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference and will open the playoffs against the Colorado Avalanche, who won the Central Division. Game 1 is set for Thursday.
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