Nashville 2, Minnesota 1

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 20-12-2-4 10-5-1-2 10-7-1-2 L8
Nashville 19-14-3-1 10-6-2-1 9-8-1-0 W1


Colin Wilson had the lone goal of the shootout as the Nashville Predators shaded visiting Minnesota 2-1 Wednesday, sending the Wild to their eighth consecutive loss.

Wilson scored in the opening round of the sudden-death format, going to his backhand before lifting a shot over Minnesota netminder Josh Harding.

Nashville counterpart Pekka Rinne made 34 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all three attempts in the shootout as the Predators halted a two-game skid. Rinne has surrendered just two goals in five career home starts against the Wild.

The eight-game drought is the longest for Minnesota since March 10-26 of last season. The Wild have scored just 10 goals during the streak.

After a defensive-minded 40 minutes that yielded few quality scoring chances, Nashville's Jordin Tootoo ended the scoreless deadlock seven minutes into the third period. The veteran forward got his stick on a Jonathan Blum wrist shot in front of the net and redirected it past Harding.

The Wild drew even with 3:59 remaining after coming close a number of times. Dany Heatley cut in front of the net and converted a backhand wraparound past Rinne.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Nashville
Dany Heatley 1 Points Jordin Tootoo 1
Dany Heatley 1 Goals Jordin Tootoo 1
Mikko Koivu 1 Assists Jonathon Blum 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Josh Harding .960 Save Percentage Pekka Rinne .971
Josh Harding 24 Saves Pekka Rinne 34

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 35 1 0-2 3-3 6 28
Nashville 25 2 0-3 2-2 4 31

Upcoming Games

  • Nashville will play its next game on the road against St. Louis. The Predators have a W/L % of .474 after a win and .556 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play its next game at home against Edmonton. The Wild have a W/L % of .700 after a win and .333 after a loss.
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