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Predators hold off Wild for 2-1 win

Minnesota’s offensive struggles continue.

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators
Minnesota Wild right wing Mats Zuccarello, left, skates the puck into the offensive zone against Nashville Predators defenseman Dante Fabbro on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Nashville.
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NASHVILLE -- Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist for the Nashville Predators in a 2-1 win against the visiting Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Nino Niederreiter also scored, Ryan Johansen had two assists and Juuse Saros made 33 saves for the Predators, who were coming off a 2-1 win against the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday.

Frederick Gaudreau scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves for Minnesota, which has combined for four goals in the past three games.

Nashville took a 1-0 lead at 11:20 of the first period.

Johansen and Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin were pursuing the puck as it slid through the inside edge of the left circle. Johansen reached out with one hand and made a short centering pass to Niederreiter, who redirected the puck into the net.

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NHL: Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) scores past Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the first period Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Nashville.
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Niederreiter spent five seasons with the Wild from 2013-18.

Nashville went on a power play 20 seconds after the goal when Sam Steel was called for high sticking Ryan McDonagh.

Johansen made a backhand pass back to Duchene just outside the left circle and he blasted a one-timer into the net for a 2-0 lead at 12:04.

Minnesota had killed its previous 16 penalties.

The Wild had a four-minute power play later in the opening period when Johansen received a double-minor for high sticking Brandon Duhaime, who had sat out the previous five games with an upper-body injury.

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators left wing Tanner Jeannot sits on the ice after a collision with Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and the ensuing scrum Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Nashville.
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Minnesota failed to capitalize on the long stretch with the man-advantage, however.

Saros made 17 saves in the first period, including eight over the final 4:09, four of which came on the four-minute power play.

Saros was slightly less busy in the second period, stopping all 10 shots he faced to carry the 2-0 lead into the third period.

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