The Wild, who lost to Chicago in five games in the first round of the playoffs last season, have won three of four against the Blackhawks this season.
Patrick Kane spoiled Kuemper’s shutout bid when he scored his 24th goal of the season with 31.2 seconds left to bring the Blackhawks to within one. However, Kuemper stopped one final flurry in the last 10 seconds and Zach Parise cleared the puck from Minnesota’s zone to run out the clock.
LIGHTNING 4, SENATORS 3, SO
Nikita Kucherov scored the lone shootout goal and the Lightning beat the Senators in Tampa, Florida.
Kucherov beat Craig Anderson on the first shot during the shootout. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop stopped all three shots he faced.
Tyler Johnson, B.J. Crombeen and Ondrej Palat scored in regulation for the Lightning, who had lost each of their previous five home games (0-3-2) by one goal.
Erik Karlsson, Clarke MacArthur and Chris Neil had the Ottawa goals.
Neil tied it at three from the right circle with 2:18 remaining in the third.
STARS 7, MAPLE LEAFS 1
Valeri Nichushkin scored two goals to lead the Stars to a victory over Toronto in Dallas.
Jamie Benn had his 100th career goal and three assists for Dallas, which broke open a 2-1 lead with four second-period goals and ended Toronto’s six-game winning streak.
Cody Eakin added a goal and an assist, and Alex Goligowski, Sergei Gonchar and Tyler Seguin each had two assists for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves.
Nikolai Kulemin scored for Toronto.
PREDATORS 2, CANUCKS 1
In Vancouver, Nick Spaling scored the go-ahead goal on the power play in the third period and the Predators defeated the Canucks for their fourth win in five games.
Craig Smith also scored for Nashville and Carter Hutton made 33 saves.
Chris Higgins scored for Vancouver, who got 24 stops from Roberto Luongo.
The Canucks, who still hold down the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference, had their two-game winning streak come to an end.
SHARKS 1, JETS 0
In San Jose, California, Joe Pavelski scored his 19th goal in the past 21 games and Alex Stalock made 20 saves in his second straight shutout to help the San Jose Sharks beat Winnipeg, handing Paul Maurice his first loss in five games as coach of the Jets.
Pavelski snapped a scoreless tie with 13:12 remaining when he scored his 28th of the season and seventh in the past four games to lead the Sharks to their fifth straight win with the help of another strong performance from their backup goalie.
Stalock, who got his first career shutout with 24 saves on Thursday last week in Florida, was just as stingy against the Jets and has allowed only four goals in winning his last four starts.