Minnesota Wild @ Predators (Game 3): Preview

The Nashville Predators (0-2-0) will play their home opener against the Minnesota Wild (0-0-2) at 7:10pm CST. Tuesday night's match will be the first time these teams faceoff as divisional rivals.

TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game

Minnesota: Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Wisconsin and KFAN 100.3

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Season Series

This will be the first meeting this season between the two teams.

Line Up News

Projected Starting Goaltenders:

#35 Pekka Rinne 0 2 0 4.35 .878
#32 Niklas Backstrom 0 0 2 2.77 .875

Nashville Injuries: #9 C Filip Forsberg (probable; lower body), #13 C Nick Spaling (out; upper body), #25 W Viktor Stalberg (IR; shoulder) and #59 D Roman Josi (indefinitely; concussion)

Minnesota Injuries: #3 C Charlie Coyle (IR; knee strain) and #11 W Zach Parise (probable; illness) 

Projected Nashville Scratches: #13 C Nick Spaling and #59 D Roman Josi

Projected Minnesota Scratches: F Carson McMillan, #39 D Nate Prosser and #55 D Matthew Dumba

Probable Lines


Wilson — Fisher — Hornqvist

Bourque — Cullen — Smith

Nystrom — Legwand — Forsberg

Clune — Gaustad — Hendricks

Jones — Weber

Bartley — Klein

Ellis — Ekholm




Parise — Koivu — Pominville

Heatley — Granlund — Zucker

Niederreiter — Brodziak — Cooke

Mitchell — Konopka — Fontaine

Suter — Brodin

Spurgeon — Scandella

Ballard — Stoner



Players to Watch

Nashville: #3 D Seth Jones: "Suter's replacement" will get to make his home rookie debut and will have a big role Tuesday night. With Roman Josi being out indefinitely with a concussion, it is likely Jones will be paired alongside Shea Weber, despite both having right handed shots. In Friday's game in Colorado, Jones led the team in time on ice with 25:46.

Minnesota: #20 D Ryan Suter: The number one hated man in Smashville right now is former-Predator Ryan Suter. In the first two games of the season for Minnesota, Suter played over thirty minutes in each, making him the NHL's time on ice leader thus far.

Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.