2019-20 NHL – Minnesota Wild @ Nashville Predators Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Minnesota Wild @ Nashville Predators taking place? Friday 4th October, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is Minnesota Wild @ Nashville Predators taking place? Bridgestone Arena

What television channel is Minnesota Wild @ Nashville Predators on? Check back here closer to the match for TV info

Where can I stream Minnesota Wild @ Nashville Predators? Check back here closer to the match for live streaming info

Where can I get tickets for Minnesota Wild @ Nashville Predators? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Minnesota Wild 0 – 1 Nashville Predators

THE TEAM NEWS

MINNESOTA WILD

  • The Wild didn’t end the regular season on a high note after losing three of their last four games and finishing 11th in the Western Conference with 83 points, seven points adrift of a playoff spot.
  • Minnesota’s struggles were reflected in the fact that they only had two players who scored more than 50 points in the regular season: Zach Parise (28 goals, 33 assists) and Eric Staal (22 goals 30 assists). Ryan Suter was a steady offensive presence from the blue line and he chipped in with 47 points.
  • The Wild were quite active on the free agent market and did a good job to strengthen their forward lines. Their biggest acquisition was the one of RW Mats Zuccarello on a five-year deal, but they also handed two-year contracts to forwards Ryan Hartman, Luke Johnson and Gabriel Dumont.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

  • The Predators were the third-best team in the Western Conference during the 2018-19 season, but they couldn’t confirm that during the playoffs. After finishing the regular season with 100 points and winning three games in a row, they suffered a shocking first-round exit to the Dallas Stars (4-2).
  • Viktor Arvidsson was Nashville’s top scorer during the regular season, scoring 34 goals in only 58 games played. Filip Forsberg reached the 50-point mark following a 28-goal and 22-assist campaign. Ryan Johansen led the team in points with 64, as he chipped in with 14 goals and 50 assists.
  • The Predators lost Wayne Simmonds in free agency, as well as Phillip Di Giuseppe and Justin Kirkland. They didn’t add many new faces, though they inked Matt Duchene to a massive seven-year contract worth $8M AAV and signed reigning AHL MVP Daniel Carr to a one-year deal.

THE PREDICTION

The Wild were extremely inconsistent last season and it does not look like anything has changed coming into the 2019-20 campaign. The Predators crumbled during the playoffs, but they still look like one of the best teams in the Western Conference on paper. Nashville should win this game comfortably.

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