The Predators scored three times in the first period and made it stand up in a 3-2 victory over the Wild in Nashville. Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson each lit the lamp within a minute of each other on the power play and former Wild player Eric Nystrom later added a penalty shot goal for Nashville. Pekka Rinne halted 32 shots for the Preds, who moved to 1-and-2. Zach Parise scored his third goal of the year on the power play for Minnesota and Jared Spurgeon added a PP strike of his own in defeat. Niklas Backstrom allowed two goals on five shots before departing with an injury after a collision with teammate Keith Ballard and Nashville’s Eric Nystrom. Head coach Mike Yeo would simply call it a “lower body” injury. Josh Harding replaced Backstrom and halted 19 shots as the Wild fell to 0-1-and-2. Minnesota hosts Winnipeg tomorrow.
Minnesota Wild Recall McMillan From Iowa
The NHL’s Minnesota Wild recalled Iowa forward Carson McMillan prior to last night’s game in Tennessee. McMillan was a seventh-round pick of the Wild in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Professional hockey returns to Des Moines on Saturday night when the Iowa Wild host the Oklahoma City Barons in the season opener. Iowa is the A-H-L affiliate of the Minnesota Wild.