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Led by star newcomers Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Minnesota Wild are looking to complete a perfect season-opening homestand and continue their best start in four years.
To do so, they'll have to knock off Suter's former team, the Nashville Predators, who begin their road schedule Tuesday night trying to shake off back-to-back shootout losses.
Minnesota (2-0-0) is enjoying its best start since beginning 4-0-0 in 2008-09, but it has dropped six of its last seven meetings with Nashville, including two shootout defeats last season.
After Suter inked a 13-year, 98 million contract with Minnesota in July - the same terms as Parise - Tuesday will mark the first time he's skated against the Predators.
Suter, who led Nashville in ice time last season and totaled 236 points in his seven campaigns with the club, has yet to register a point with the Wild, though he has blocked seven shots through two games. The Madison, Wis., native made the move to Minnesota in part to be closer to family.
Parise, who is from Minnesota, has made an instant impact for the Wild, picking up two assists in a 4-2 season-opening win against Colorado on Saturday before scoring his first goal in a 1-0 win over Dallas on Sunday.
"It felt good to get one and get one early in the season," said Parise, who scored 31 goals for New Jersey last season and eight more in the playoffs. "You don't want to have that dragging over you."
The Wild were also bolstered by backup goaltender Josh Harding's seventh career shutout as he made his first start since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last summer.
"I can't say enough and I can't thank them enough for how good the team has been from the top down," Harding said. "I'm not just talking about the players. I'm talking about management, I'm talking about everybody. ... This is a family and I can't say enough about each and every guy in here."
Niklas Backstrom may be back in net against Nashville (0-0-2), which followed a 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus on Saturday with a 4-3 defeat in the same fashion Monday against St. Louis. Things won't get any easier as the Predators begin their longest road trip of the season, a seven-game trek that includes five contests against playoff teams from last year.
"We haven't been beaten in a game," coach Barry Trotz said. "We've been beaten in, a little bit you could say, a skills competition. But at the same time, it's huge, especially the extra points, I mean, in the league right now. If you can get them in a shootout, let's take them."
Despite the loss of Suter, the Predators' power play looks solid so far, converting 3 of 7 chances. Suter had a team-high 25 power-play points as Nashville led the league last season converting 21.6 percent.
Trotz said center Paul Gaustad is questionable for Tuesday's game after he was scratched against St. Louis with an upper-body injury.
Minnesota's Dany Heatley, who had two goals in the season opener and assisted on Parise's goal Sunday, has 23 points in 17 career games against Nashville, including nine on the power play. He scored at least one goal in each of his four games against the Predators last season as the Wild went 1-1-2.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. Ryan Suter is still trying to get used to playing with his new Minnesota Wild teammates following a crash-course, six-day training camp.
The NHL lockout left Suter with limited time to adjust to new surroundings, and the quick training camp was followed by the emotion of debuting at home in Saturday's season opener. Then seeing his former team on the other bench...
section303.com is hosting the Taunt Ryan Suter Viewing Party tonight at Brewhouse South in Franklin!
The Nashville Predators take on the Minnesota Wild for the first time since Suter took his talents north “for family reasons” and we want you to join us while we watch the game, eat some great food and give away some great prizes! Be sure to wear all of your best Preds and...
Not only is it the first road game of the season for the Nashville Predators, but it’s also the first chance to boo Ryan Suter!
The Preds take on the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, January 22, and we want YOU to join us at Brewhouse South in Franklin! Wear all your best Preds and anti-Suter gear and we’ll have prizes to give away!
Puck drops at 7:00pm so be sure to be there...
from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated,
Sure, hockey-crazed Minnesota has yearned for a successful team in the NHL, but a winning Wild would also be just as good for the league as it tries to recover from the long lockout that bruised its image. While Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles have won the last three Stanley Cup titles, Minnesota is hockey's answer to Green Bay...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Zach Parise might want to invest in a good travel pillow after signing his big contract with the Minnesota Wild.
Parise, who grew up in the Twin Cities, was well aware of what he was in for when he agreed to a 13-year contract last summer. He didn't need much of a tour of his new surroundings and was well aware of the brutal winters. There is one big adjustment...
Zach Parise scored his first goal with the Wild and Josh Harding stopped all 24 shots he faced in his first start since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and Minnesota beat the Dallas Stars 1-0 on Sunday.
Parise notched his third point with the Wild a night after getting two assists in Minnesota's season-opening win against Colorado.
Parise's first goal of the season...
For the first time since last summer, Shea Weber and the Predators face off against Ryan Suter and the Wild...
The Preds snuck past the Minnesota Wild and Ryan Suter to get their first win of the 2013 abbreviated season. With goals by Spaling and Erat, Nashville competed all game but never looked like the best team on the ice. They had trouble handling Minnesota's top two lines and, in true Predators form, struggled to set up offensively. But none the less, the Preds avoided overtime...
Dallas Stars (1-0-0, 2pts) @ Minnesota Wild (1-0-0, 2 pts)
7:00 PM CT
Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(Delving) Into the Wild:
Minnesota made the biggest splash in free agency last summer (and was probably a huge reason why the lockout had to happen) with their gigantic signings of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.
Parise paid off immediately last night as...
There was a lot of build-up heading into Tuesday night’s game between the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild. All of the attention was on Ryan Suter playing against his former(More here)…
No Zach Parise, no problem. The New Jersey Devils opened up a new era without their former captain in fine fashion as they topped the New York Islanders 2-1.
Here are some notes on the Devils 2-1 win as well as some prospect updates.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Zach Parise's first goal in a Wild uniform made the difference, as the Wild improved to 2-0 for the season, shutting out the Dallas Stars 1-0 on Sunday. Dallas got 31 saves from rookie goalie Cristopher Nilstorp in his NHL debut, but could not muster any offense in the Stars' first road game of the season. Parise, the NHL's most talked-about free...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter weren't the only players making their Minnesota Wild debuts Saturday night.
Mikael Granlund, the Finnish sensation who is one of the top prospects in hockey, played his first-ever NHL game and scored his first goal. Granlund, Minnesota's first-round pick in the 2009 draft, is in his first pro season in North America and he had...
Let’s start with the pre-game coverage because it bothered me. Before we even get to the broadcast, NBC cuts to an interview between Salvador and Brian Engblom and all he’s interest is the team’s mindset now that Parise is in Minnesota. In fact, according to Engblom, the Devils have remained intact from last season except for the departure of Zach Parise. No mention...
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Martin Erat’s game-winning goal at 11:45 of the third period would be the difference maker for Nashville as the Predators got their first win of the season, first road win of the year, and topped the Minnesota Wild tonight 3-1.
Tonight’s matchup was the first time the Predators and Ryan Suter had met since Suter’s departure to the Wild...