Predators to host Kaprizov and the Wild
Minnesota Wild (43-20-5, second in the Central) vs. Nashville Predators (39-25-4, fourth in the Central)
Nashville, Tennessee; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota into a matchup against Nashville. He currently ranks sixth in the NHL with 85 points, scoring 39 goals and recording 46 assists.
The Predators are 25-13-2 against Western Conference opponents. Nashville is sixth in the Western Conference averaging 3.3 goals per game, led by Filip Forsberg with 38.
The Wild are 10-8-1 against the rest of their division. Minnesota is fourth in the league averaging 3.6 goals per game, led by Kaprizov with 39.
In their last meeting on March 13, Nashville won 6-2. Roman Josi scored two goals for the Predators.
TOP PERFORMERS: Josi leads the Predators with 81 points, scoring 18 goals and collecting 63 assists. Matt Duchene has nine assists over the last 10 games for Nashville.
Kaprizov leads the Wild with 39 goals and has 85 points. Ryan Hartman has 10 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Predators: 6-4-0, averaging four goals, 7.5 assists, 4.6 penalties and 11.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game with a .902 save percentage.
Wild: 9-0-1, averaging 3.4 goals, 5.9 assists, 3.6 penalties and 8.6 penalty minutes while giving up 1.6 goals per game with a .948 save percentage.
INJURIES: Predators: Mark Borowiecki: out (upper body), Dante Fabbro: out (upper-body).
Wild: Jon Merrill: out (upper body), Matt Boldy: day to day (upper body).