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Struggling Preds set to host Wild

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators would prefer to avoid another shootout on Sunday night when they resume their homestand against the Minnesota Wild.

The Predators are winless in five shootouts this season, scoring just one goal in 18 shots in the tiebreaker. Both Craig Smith and David Legwand were denied in last night's 2-1 shootout setback to Ottawa while Marek Mazanec was beaten by both Senators skaters he faced.

Mazanec made 20 saves through overtime and Mike Fisher had a goal for Nashville, which is 1-1-1 on a five-game homestand and 1-2-3 in its last six games overall.

"We haven't been doing too good in shootouts so we have to start finding a way to win the game in regulation," said Fisher. "I thought we played really strong as a team in the third period, just couldn't get any through."

Nashville was without Patric Hornqvist due to a lower-body injury.

The Wild will be looking to bounce back tonight after having a four-game win streak snapped with Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Charlie Coyle scored twice to erase a two-goal deficit, but the Avs went back in front for good with 7:16 left in the game.

Coyle's two goals came 40 seconds apart in the second period and Dany Heatley assisted on both. Niklas Backstrom made just 14 saves on 17 shots faced in defeat.

"We battled back, we got in the game and I thought we came out well in the third (period) too," said Wild head coach Mike Yeo. "We weren't giving up much, but we've got to find a way to grab the lead there."

The Wild and Predators have split two meetings this season, with each club winning at home. Minnesota has won eight of the past 12 overall, but has lost six of seven and eight of its previous 11 in Nashville.

Backstrom, who had won three straight starts, is 9-5-1 with a 2.66 goals against average in 16 career games versus the Predators, including 14 starts. Darcy Kuemper, serving as the backup with Josh Harding out due to illness, has never faced Nashville.

Neither Mazanec or Carter Hutton have ever faced the Wild. Nashville's No. 1 goaltender Pekka Rinne remains out with a hip injury.

01/12 10:48:18 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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