Minnesota Wild Vs. Nashville Predators Preview

Joseph GuntherContributor IDecember 2, 2009

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 10: Owen Nolan #11 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on November 10, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators battle for the second time this season at the Xcel Energy Center Wednesday.

The Predators (15-10-1) defeated the Wild (10-12-3) on Oct. 28 in the first meeting on a shorthanded goal midway through the third period that broke a 3-3 tie.

The Wild has Martin Havlat, Antti Miettinen and Marek Zidlicky returning from injury or illness. It will still be without Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Brent Burns and Petr Sykora because of concussions. Kim Johnsson is questionable because of illness.

The Predators are one of, if not the, hottest team in the NHL with an 8-2 record in the last 10 games. The Wild is 5-2-3 in the same time frame.

Click here to find out who I think will score Wednesday and what the score will be.