Nashville Predators defeat Minnesota Wild, 4-3

Of all the Wild's nine losses this season, Todd Richards said this one hurt the worst.

And the sinking hearts of the coach's players seemed to indicate they felt the same way.

After the Wild scored three goals in 1 minute, 47 seconds to take the lead in the second period, Nashville rallied for a 4-3 victory to give the Wild its first loss this season at Xcel Energy Center. Jerred Smithson got the game-winner at 10:44 of the third when he knocked the puck away from Marek...

After getting only nine minutes, 36 seconds of ice time in Monday's loss to Chicago, Wild winger Petr Sykora found his minutes cut to zero Wednesday when coach Todd Richards chose to scratch him against Nashville.

With 19 healthy skaters to choose from, Sykora became the odd man out. Richards kept him on the bench for much of Monday's game, Sykora's second since returning from a groin injury that kept him out for five games. Sykora was expected to lend some firepower to...