|When Rinne is on his game, he’s tough to beat. The Nashville netminder is 4-2-3 with a .933 save percentage and 1.81 goals against average.
Offensively, Martin Erat and Colin Wilson, who each have three goals and four assists, pace the Predators. Norris Trophy finalists Shea Weber is off to a slow start offensively with only one assist in his first 10 games.
|In case you didn’t know, it’s National Pizza Day, delicious. All fans in attendance will receive a Wild pizza cutter to slice up some pie.
The Wild will wear its GREEN sweaters tonight.
|Gilbert netted his third marker in 10 games this season on Thursday–matching his total in 67 games last season. The Bloomington native has seven points (3-4-=7) this season, leading Minnesota defensemen and ranking third on the Wild in scoring.
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|Granlund gets back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the first time this season:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Heatley – Granlund – Setoguchi
Cullen – Brodziak – Clutterbuck
Bouchard – Konopka – Rupp
Prosser comes in for Scandella:
Suter – Brodin
Gilbert – Stoner
Falk – Prosser
Backstrom is 7-5-1 with a 2.85 goals against average and a .905 save percentage in 13 games (11 starts) versus Nashville.
|We’re trying to do everything we can to find the right solution, whether it’s to spark guys or find the right mix. Usually there’s a method to the madness, we’re not just trying to catch lightning in a bottle. We want to make sure that are putting something together that can work, more than just in the short term.
-Yeo on trying to find the right line combinations
|Forwards Matt Kassian and Torrey Mitchell will be tonight’s healthy scratches, along with defenseman Marco Scandella.
Jared Spurgeon is on Injured Reserve with a lower body injury.
|Nashville’s assistant coach Lane Lambert finished an 18-year playing career with the Houston Aeros in 2000-01.||In the first matchup between Nashville and Minnesota this season, the Preds 3-1 win ended a streak of four, one-goal games between the two sides.|
|Wild vs. Predators will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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