St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Pekka Rinne came up with 36 saves while Calle Jarnkrok and Colin Wilson scored in the third period and Nashville took out Minnesota by a 3-1 count at Xcel Energy Center.
Mike Fisher added an early score for the Predators, who reclaimed the top spot in the Western Conference with 60 points, two ahead of idle Anaheim.
Charlie Coyle potted the lone goal for the Wild, who have dropped four in a row and three straight on home ice. Niklas Backstrom made 24 stops in the loss.
Jarnkrok gave Nashville the lead for good at 3:48 of the third by cleaning up an Olli Jokinen rebound, and Wilson's backhander in the slot off a Minnesota turnover gave the visitors a 3-1 edge at 8:47.
Rinne backed up that margin with 14 third-period saves.
The game was not without controversy in the late going. Wild forward Matt Cooke cross-checked Predators defenseman Shea Weber in his face shield during a scrum with 2:05 left in regulation. When Weber dropped the gloves, Cooke provided no resistance, though both were given fighting majors.
Fisher put the Preds on the board at 4:01 of the first with a backhander that grazed the crossbar before settling over the goal line, then Coyle equalized at 14:14 for the Wild by converting a Christian Folin centering pass.
Both goaltenders stopped nine shots in a scoreless second frame.
Nashville returns home on Tuesday to face the Canucks, while Minnesota begins a three-game road trip at Chicago on Sunday ... The Wild fell to 1-3-4 since Dec. 17 on home ice.