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Throwing Spaghetti At the Wall and Seeing What Sticks.

The Wild play at home again, this time against Nashville.
Newcomer Greg Zanon and Marik Zidlickey both are playing against their former team tonight. Both players have a "Z" nickname, so Zanon (a Canadian) was rechristened "Zed" while Zidlickey's gets to keep his name intact.
The Wild have scored less than 1 goal at even strength per game so far. Minnesota thankfully are wearing thewir red sweaters.

Though both teams looked good in their defensive zones to open the game, the Predators scored within the first 3 minutes, though there was not much that the Wild defense could have done about that goal.
Minnesota came right back on the next possession, with a 3 on 2, but Koivu couldn't get a shot off, though he would have scored if he had.
Nashville went on the power play for an inadvertent redirection of the puck in the stands, as the first 5 went by, scoring almost immediately on a unlucky redirection.
The Wild had trouble getting hold of the puck after that for a couple of minutes, the Predators kept the puck in the Wild's zone, looking as if they were on the power play.
As the first 10 expired, the Wild had a couple of good chances, but nothing went in the Predator's net.
Most of the rest of the period went by quickly, with mostly unremarkable back-and forth through all three zones.
Both teams had 7 shots on goal, though the prdators led 2-0 as the period expired.

Nashville's Dumont put his team on the defensive within the first 30 seconds of the period for tripping the Minnesota captain, and it paid off for the Wild... Minnesota's Brent Burns scored just after the faceoff to halve the Predator lead.
Cal Clutterbuck scored at 18:00 to go, with a shot from the wing, his second goal since coming back from injury.
The Wild came back 18 seconds later with a goal by veteran Olan Nolan.
The Predators changed netminders, to Mikkas Fine.
They then went on the advantage, but the Wild defense did a god job of killing the penalty.
Red-bearded Martin Havlat and Nashville's Hammu practiced their MMA skills, but there was no advantage for either team as both players were called for fighting.
Nashville tie the game 45 seconds or so into of the 4-on-4.

The Wild had some good chances in the opening minutes of the closing frame, but nothing came of them for the first the first 8 minutes of the period.
Minnesota went on the power play after 10:19, but the Predators scored a short-handed goal right at the beginning of the advantage and the Wild did not get a shot on goal.
The next few minutes were inconclusive, neither team getting shots on goal.
Things began to pick up with 4 minutes to go, with a pileup in front of Niklaus Backstrom that took a minute or two to sort out.
Coach Richards pulled his netminder with 1:26 to go, but the extra attacker wasn't enough to pull the Wild even.

Predators win 4-3.
The Wild are now last in the West, with 6 points. The Ducks are just north of them with 7, while Colorado has a distant lead with 22. Next game is Friday at home vs the Rangers and then on Hallowe'en at the Penguins.

-Kevin Horner