Originally written January 31, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
The Nashville Predators entered the NHL's All-Star weekend as possibly the league's hottest team. While the break may have come at a less than opportune time for the surging Predators, they'll look to pick up right where they left off Tuesday night. Nashville tries for a fifth consecutive victory overall and a fifth win in the last six meetings with the Minnesota Wild when the teams face off at Xcel Energy Center. Starting with a 2-1 shootout win over Minnesota (24-18-7) on Dec. 28, Nashville (30-16-4) has gone an NHL-best 12-2-0 to climb into third place in the Central Division and fifth in the highly-competitive Western Conference. The Predators have outscored opponents 42-24 during that stretch. Represented by defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber along with center Craig Smith at last weekend's All-Star festivities, Nashville is one of six teams in the West with at least 60 points - four of which play in the Central. "It's almost the four best teams i...
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