Nashville, Tenn. (AP) – Alexander Radulov scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Nashville Predators edged the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to reach 100 points for the second time in three seasons.
The Predators, who have two games left, moved back into fourth place in the Western Conference – one point over idle Detroit and two over Chicago. Detroit will finish the regular season on Saturday in Chicago.
Backup goalie Anders Lindback started over Pekka Rinne, who was a healthy scratch to rest for the playoffs. Lindback stopped all three attempts in his first career shootout and 25 shots overall for his fourth win this season.
The Predators recalled Chet Pickard from Milwaukee of the AHL to make sure that Rinne, the NHL leader in games played and wins, got the night off.
Gabriel Bourque also scored for Nashville, which took the season series 3-1.
Dany Heatley had the lone goal for Minnesota.