Wild vs. Preds: A season-first trip to the Music City

The Minnesota Wild have won the first two contests of a four-game road trip. It continues on Tuesday against the Nashville Predators.Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The Minnesota Wild have won the first two contests of a four-game road trip. It continues on Tuesday against the Nashville Predators.Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Minnesota Wild are streaking toward the NHL postseason as the team entered the week with the second-highest point total in the Western Conference. And starting on Tuesday night, the Wild have a stretch of six straight conference opponents, all of which could potentially be part of the playoff field as well.

Minnesota, coming off back-to-back wins against Carolina and Washington this past weekend, continues a four-game road trip against the Nashville Predators.

The six-game test also includes two games against the St. Louis Blues,  and once each against the Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings. If the postseason began now, the Wild would face the Blues in an Stanley Cup opening-round matchup,

Minnesota has lost twice to Nashville this season by the combined scores of 11-4 with both games being played at the Xcel Energy Center. The last matchup was a 6-2 contest on March 13, a date in which the Wild also retired Mikko Koivu’s number in a pregame ceremony.

The Wild enter Tuesday with 91 points, eight ahead of the Predators in the Central Division standings and both teams have played 68 games. Minnesota has been on a tear since the loss to Nashville last month and enter the contest with a 9-0-1 mark over the past 10 games.

The Wild are 13-20-6 all-time in the series history in Nashville. The Predators have not played since a 4-3 loss to Buffalo last Friday night.

Minnesota travels to Nashville again on April 24, during the final week of the regular season.

Betting odds

WynnBET has Minnesota  favored by 1.5 goals in the third meeting of the season between the teams. Minnesota also are the slight favorite on the moneyline at -120  Nashville  is the underdog at home at  +100 and the over/under for the matchup is listed at six total goals.

Upcoming Wild schedule

Friday, April 8: @St. Louis, , 7 p.m. CST

Sunday, April 10: Los Angeles, 7 p.m. CST

Tuesday, April 12: Edmonton, 7 p.m. CST