The Minnesota Wild defeated the Nashville Predators by a 2-0 score to drop Nashville’s record on the season to 5-4-1.
Here are five things from Tuesday night’s game…
- Pekka Rinne played a very solid game in net for the Predators. He only surrendered one goal to Justin Fontaine on a defensive lapse. Jason Pominville scored the other Minnesota goal with Nashville’s net empty. Rinne stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced and got zero goal support.
- Nashville head coach Barry Trotz made the decision to scratch Filip Forsberg in favor of re-inserting Rich Clune into the lineup. Clune played a grand total of 6:36, by far the lowest on the team. Forsberg had three points in his first seven games of the season.
- Paul Gaustad continues to dominate in the faceoff circle. He won seven out of 10 draws on Tuesday night, raising his percentage on the season to 61.6 percent. That is the best winning percentage in the NHL.
- Josh Harding posted the shutout in goal for Minnesota. He wasn’t tested very often, and there weren’t very many quality chances when he was, but Harding was able to stop all 16 shots he saw for his first shutout of the season.
- Zach Parise notched assists on both Minnesota goals. He played well all night long and can be a difference maker in close games.
3 Stars from Tuesday night’s game…
1. Josh Harding, MIN… Harding recorded the shutout and responded well when he was tested in goal. He looked very comfortable in net all night long and didn’t have hardly any traffic in front of him.
2. Pekka Rinne, NSH… Rinne was very solid in net for the Predators. He was about the only Nashville player that played particularly well.
3. Justin Fontaine, MIN… Fontaine scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal with a little over a minute to go in the second period of a scoreless game.