TUESDAY'S STORY LINES: The Minnesota Wild will go for their fourth straight win and try to continue to play spoiler Tuesday night in Nashville. The Wild will be facing the Predators, who are fighting for the fourth spot in the Western Conference. The fourth spot would guarantee Nashville home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Currently the Predators sit in fifth place with 98 points; Detroit is fourth with 99 points.
While home-ice advantage would be nice, Nashville coach Barry Trotz doesn't believe it is the advantage it used to be. In last year's playoffs, Trotz's team was 2-4-0 at home and 4-2-0 on the road.
"I am looking at all the teams in the West, and it doesn't matter if you finish first or eighth; the difference is going to be very, very small," Trotz said.
The Wild won't face Nashville's No. 1 goalie, Pekka Rinne. Trotz will give Rinne a rest and start Anders Lindback. Rinne has played in 71 games this season and amassed a huge 4,091:06 in ice time.
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