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  • Gamethread, Lineups, and More: Wild vs. Predators (1:00 p.m.)


    The Minnesota Wild have another opportunity on Sunday afternoon. Just like they did against the Colorado Avalanche earlier this week, up against the Nashville Predators they can help secure their spot in the playoffs. This time, instead of reaching up to the Avs, they can put some distance between them and the Predators, who is one of just a few threats to realistically take the second Wild Card spot away from them.

    Nashville is five points below Minnesota in the standings but have played two fewer games than our beloved Wild. If the Wild can get the two points here, then it won’t matter (for now) what the Predators do in those two games they have in-hand.

    Oh, we love to watch the standings.

    Wild vs. Predators

    When: 1:00 p.m. CT
    Where: Xcel Energy Center
    Radio: KFAN 100.3

    Projected Wild lineup

    Kirill Kaprizov — Ryan Hartman — Mats Zuccarello
    Adam Beckman — Joel Eriksson Ek — Matt Boldy
    Jordan Greenway — Frederick Gaudreau — Brandon Duhaime
    Mason Shaw — Connor Dear — Ryan Reaves

    Jake Middleton — Jared Spurgeon
    Jonas Brodin — Matt Dumba
    Jon Merrill — Alex Goligoski

    Filip Gustavsson
    Marc-Andre Fleury

    Dean Evason is going with the same lineup that earned the shootout win over the Dallas Stars earlier this week, and it kind of makes sense. It’s unfortunate that Calen Addison is scratched again but we’ll see how they feel after the third consecutive scratch and with the Los Angeles Kings coming to St. Paul on Tuesday.

    Interesting enough, Filip Gustavsson is getting the start again which might mean that Evason is re-thinking Fleury as the designated starter of this team.

    Projected Predators lineup

    Mikael Granlund — Ryan Johansen — Matt Duchene
    Nino Niederreiter — Cody Glass — Philip Tomasino
    Yakov Trenin — Colton Sissons — Tanner Jeannot
    Cole Smith — Thomas Novak — Juuso Parssinen

    Ryan McDonagh — Roman Josi
    Mattias Ekholm — Jeremy Lauzon
    Kevin Gravel — Dante Fabbro

    Juuse Saros
    Kevin Lankinen

    The Preds have some dangerous players up front but not that same offensive punch in their bottom-six; and have some excellent two-way players on their blue line with mobility being the focus — they are essentially built the exact same as the Wild so this should be an interesting game.

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