Preds shut out by Wild, 4-0
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves for his third shutout of the season and Ryan Suter had a goal and two assists against his former team, helping the Minnesota Wild beat the Nashville Predators 4-0 on Saturday night.
Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin and Thomas Vanek also scored for Minnesota, which had dropped three in a row. Suter notched his first career goal against the team he played for his first seven NHL seasons.
Pekka Rinne made 23 saves for Nashville, which has been outscored 8-0 the past two games. The Predators lost at Columbus on Friday night.
A testy game between Central Division foes featured three fights, and a 10-minute misconduct against Nashville's Mike Ribeiro.
Predators forward James Neal was involved in a collision with Zach Parise on Nov. 5 that sidelined the Minnesota forward with a sprained MCL. Parise skated with the Wild on Saturday morning, but missed his seventh straight game.
Suter, who left Nashville in 2012 when he teamed with Parise to sign matching 13-year contracts with Minnesota, scored his third goal of the season. Suter's first-period slap shot from the point beat Rinne, who was screened by Vanek.
Brodin got his first of the season right after another Predators penalty expired in the second. Minnesota has 12 goals this season from defensemen, which is second in the league to Nashville's 17 goals from its blue line.
Visiting the penalty box has been an issue for the Predators, who have been short-handed 29 times in the past eight games. They had killed their past 13 penalties before Suter's goal. The Wild were 2 of 4 on the power play as Nashville accumulated 30 penalty minutes.
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