Ryan Suter has played in seven Nashville Predators home openers in his career while establishing himself as one of the NHL's top defensemen, but he almost certainly won't be celebrated in the eighth.
Suter makes his second visit to Nashville on Tuesday night while looking to help the Minnesota Wild avoid dropping their first three games for the first time.
Suter departed Nashville after seven seasons to sign a 13-year contract with Minnesota in July 2012. His loss was certainly noticeable in 2013 for the Predators, who finished near the bottom of the Western Conference while Suter helped the Wild reach the postseason.
Suter has made one return to Nashville, and it's likely he'll receive the same reception this time. Booed every time he touched the puck March 9, he recorded an assist in Minnesota's 2-1 shootout victory and seemed hurt by the fans' anger.
"I'm glad it's over," he said after the game.
Suter will try to focus this time on helping the Wild (0-0-2) bounce back from a...