Home sweet home. After a dreary 1-2-1 road trip that featured the Wild chasing every game and not holding a single lead in regulation, the Wild returned to the cozy, comfy confines of Xcel Energy Center, where its only previous loss this season was to Saturday’s opponent, the Nashville Predators. The Wild got payback, opening a four-game homestand by breezing past the surly, ill-tempered division rivals 4-0. “We were just on, finally. It’s been a while,” said defenseman Ryan Suter, who burned his former team with a goal and two assists. “We hadn’t been playing well at all on the road. We knew that we had to come home and get this thing turned around quick.” In a hard-hitting affair that included scrums, smack-talking, a couple of scraps and the Wild routinely drawing the ire of the fans’ Public Enemy No. 1, James Neal, the Wild stopped a three-game winless streak by improving to 8-1 at home. Mikael Granlund and Thomas Vanek each had a goal and assist, Jonas Brodin scored his first goal of the season, Jason Pominville had two assists and Devan Dubnyk, making his 11th consecutive start, stopped 23 shots for his third shutout this season and 17th of his career.
Wild shuts out Predators in a chippy one
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Nov 22