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Ryan Suter returns to Bridgestone Arena for the first time since signing with the Minnesota Wild on Independence Day. The Nashville Predators look to win the series at home against the Wild and seek revenge against Suter. The Predators have a record of 10-9-5 with 25 points and ranked 10th in the Western Conference. The Wild are 11-9-2 with 24 points and ranked 11th in the Western Conference.
Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game
Minnesota: Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Wisconsin and KFAN 100.3
1-2 MIN OT
Line Up News
#35 Pekka Rinne
#32 Niklas Backstrom
Projected Nashville Scratches: #7 D Jonathon Blum, #24 W Matt Halischuk (conditioning assignment) and #27 W Patric Hornqvist (out; upper body injury); #18 W Brandon Yip (IR; upper body) and #75 D Hal Gill (IR; lower body)
Projected Minnesota Scratches: #28 W Zenon Konopka, #39 D Nate Prosser and #96 W Pierre-Marc Bouchard;#35 G Darcy Kuemper (IR; groin) and #37 G Josh Harding (IR; multiple sclerosis symptoms)
#33 Colin Wilson
#11 David Legwand
#57 Gabriel Bourque
#23 Zach Boychuk
#12 Mike Fisher
#10 Martin Erat
#19 Bobby Butler
#15 Craig Smith
#13 Nick Spaling
#16 Rich Clune
#28 Paul Gaustad
#74 Sergei Kostitsyn
#6 Shea Weber
#59 Roman Josi
#8 Kevin Klein
#64 Victor Bartley
#4 Ryan Ellis
#22 Scott Hannan
#35 Pekka Rinne
#30 Chris Mason
#15 Dany Heatley
#21 Kyle Borodziak
#22 Cal Clutterbuck
#11 Zach Parise
#9 Mikko Koivu
#63 Charlie Coyle
#16 Jason Zucker
#7 Matt Cullen
#10 Devin Setoguchi
#27 Mike Rupp
#64 Mikael Granlund
#17 Torrey Mitchell
#20 Ryan Suter
#77 Tom Gilbert
#46 Jared Spurgeon
#4 Clayton Stoner
#25 Jonas Brodin
#44 Justin Falk
#32 Niklas Backstrom
#31 Matt Hackett
Thoughts on Both Teams
Predators: Nashville enters this game defeating the Edmonton Oilers Friday night, 6-0. The new look with Predators with Zach Boychuk, Bobby Butler and Victor Bartley changed the dynamics of the team and helped out with scoring most importantly. With the night before being a "test game", Saturday night will be the real deal, in front of another sellout crowd.
Expect Pekka Rinne to get the nod vs Minnesota. Last night, Rinne earned a shutout by stopping all 24 shots that he faced. This will be a big test for Rinne to see if he can play to the same, high level as usual on back-to-back nights.
Patric Hornqvist will be out of the lineup with an upper body injury suffered against the Oilers. Nashville will miss his net presence, but is also a golden opportunity for one of the new acquisitions to step up.
The three keys for the Preds to win are 1) Focus; 2) Limit time and space; and 3) No turnovers in defensive or netural zone.
Minnesota: Ryan Suter scored his first goal of the season Tuesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. It took 22 long games before he could light the lamp wearing the Wild uniform. Obviously, Suter wants this win bad to impress the fans he left behind, but that type of thinking will get him off of his game. The mental focus necessary would be all lost.
The Wild have lost two of their last three matches, but will need to change that around because they will be playing Nashville Saturday and Vancouver Sunday. Neither of which are easy opponents. Losing both games could prove to be catastrophic for making the playoffs or not.
The goaltending situation is a problem in St. Paul. Two goalies are currently on injured reserve with the most notable being Josh Harding is suffering symptoms of multiple sclerosis, a life threatening disease. Because of the two injuries to Harding and Darcy Kuemper, they had to recall Matt Hackett to backup Niklas Balckstrom who will have to put the team on his back.
Minnesota Wild Players to Watch:
#20 Ryan Suter
#15 Dany Heatley
#21 Kyle Brodziak
Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.
BEST OF MAXIM
Ryan Suter remembers his days in Nashville fondly, from being drafted with the seventh overall pick in 2003 at Bridgestone Arena to playing seven seasons and making five playoff appearances with the Predators.
He's fully aware, though, fans won't be relishing the good times he spent in Music City as he takes the ice wearing a Minnesota Wild sweater Saturday night.
SATURDAY'S STORY LINES: The last time Wild defenseman Ryan Suter stepped into the visiting team hotel in Nashville was 2003. The NHL draft was in Nashville that year and a young Suter was there to conduct his team interviews. Suter went on to be drafted seventh overall by the Predators and spent the first seven years of his career with the organization.
Friday, Suter walked back...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Some professional sports organizations buy players. Some organizations nurture players.
The Nashville Predators are the latter. Since the franchise entered the NHL in 1998, it has had the same general manager and the same coach and the organization's philosophy has been one of drafting or signing young players, developing them through their minor-league and...
NASHVILLE Some professional sports organizations buy players. Some organizations nurture players.
The Nashville Predators are the latter. Since the franchise entered the NHL in 1998, it has had the same general manager and the same coach and the organization's philosophy has been one of drafting or signing young players, developing them through their minor-league and coaching...
Ryan Suter on playing with the Wild: "Great organization, and I'm happy to be a part of it. We have a great future ahead of us."
Ryan Suter on playing his first game back in Nashville: "I have a lot of great memories here. This is all I knew. Lot of good years here, lot of friends."
(Photo by: John Russel/Getty Images)
Ryan Suter and the Minnesota Wild exit Bridgestone Arena with a 2-1 shootout win over the Nashville Predators in a back-and-forth contest. The only goals of the game were scored on the power play and the game had to be settled in the high pressure shootout competition.
The offensive woes continue for the Predators by not creating...
By: Miranda Martin Miranda@PredneckNation.com Upon Minnesota’s first trip to Nashville this year, it will certainly be an interesting atmosphere at Bridgestone Arena. Of course, the main headline is Ryan Suter’s return to Nashville after deciding to sign with Minnesota in July. So far, the reception of former Predators on Bridgestone ice has been fairly mixed this season. On February 14, ...
Courtesy of wild.nhl.com
The Minnesota Wild and with them, Ryan Suter, are coming for the first time this season to Bridgestone Arena for a tilt against the jilted Nashville Predators. This is the game many have been waiting for and a game many have circled in permanent red ink on the calendar. Nashville finally got the spark that Poile was hoping to ignite from the acquisition of...
“I was just trying to get through it, trying to block it out, it’s not fun being booed. It went the whole game, too. That kind of surprised me. They’ll probably have some sore throats [Sunday].”
-Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild after playing in Nashville last night. More on the game from Michael Russo of the StarTribune.
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