Minnesota (33-23-1) at Nashville (26-25-5)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Thu Mar 6, 2003
  • TV: FSM
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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (TICKER) —The Nashville Predators try to extend their franchise-record home winning streak to eight games on Thursday when they host the Minnesota Wild at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

The Predators have won their last seven home games since losing to the Los Angeles Kings on February 11 and are four points behind the Edmonton Oilers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Nashville had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 2-1 overtime road loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Scott Hartnell scored the lone goal for the Predators, who lost for just the third time in 13 games (9-2-1-1) despite allowing just 12 shots.

Kimmo Timonen had an assist and has matched his career-high five-game points streak, while fellow defenseman Karlis Skrastins established a franchise record by playing in his 252nd consecutive game.

Nashville played its first game without center David Legwand, who is sidelined after breaking his collarbone Saturday against Chicago.

Minnesota has won four of its last five games, including a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Defenseman Willie Mitchell’s deflected goal late in the third period snapped tie and Manny Fernandez made 29 saves for the Wild, who are one points behind Anaheim for sixth place in the West.

Minnesota has won two of its last three road games and is 14-11-5-1 away from home this season.

The Wild and the Predators have split two meetings this season, with each team winning at home. Nashville leads the all-time series, 5-3-2.

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