Heatley, Kuemper Lead Wild Past Predators 4-0
Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. The rookie’s best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side.
The Predators have lost three in a row and six of their last seven.
Heatley scored the game’s first goal with 7:57 left in the first period when he redirected Charlie Coyle’s shot past Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec.
Former Predator Ryan Suter also assisted on the goal. It was his 300th career NHL point. He has five assists in six career games against his former team.
Nashville concludes a five-game homestand Tuesday night against the Flames.
Zucker doubled the lead just 2:12 later with his third of the season. Heatley skated down the right side with Zucker on a 2-on-1. He sent a pass to Zucker on the left side, where he had an easy tap-in.
Coyle, who had the secondary assist on Zucker’s goal, scored twice in Minnesota’s home loss to Colorado on Saturday night, giving him a four-point weekend.
At 1:14 of the third, Cooke took a nice feed from Justin Fontaine and beat an out-of-position Mazanec for his sixth goal of the season, and his first since Dec. 5.
Marco Scandella scored with 9:44 remaining with a wrist shot from above the left faceoff circle.
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