NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Duchene scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.
Nino Niederreiter also scored and Juuse Saros made 32 saves for Nashville. Ryan Johansen had two assists.
“I thought 5 on 5, it was a pretty even game,” Predators coach John Hynes said. “I thought they had some strong pushes at certain times. I thought when they were pushing, we were able to defend pretty well.”
Frederick Gaudreau scored and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for the Wild.
In scoring two first-period goals and allowing none, the Predators reversed a trend that’s plagued them through the first 15 games. Entering the day, Nashville had been outscored 20-9 in first periods this season — the worst differential in the NHL.
POINT STREAKS EXTENDED
With the assists on Gaudreau’s goal, Mats Zuccarello and Kirill Kaprizov extended their point streaks to four games. During that span, Zuccarello has a goal and three assists while Kaprizov has two goals and three assists.
“Obviously when you don’t score, you lose games,” Zuccarello said. “We can’t be too negative after this game. I think we were the better team.”
Wild forward Brandon Duhaime returned to the lineup after missing Minnesota’s previous five games with an upper-body injury.