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Minnesota
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30-29-20-3
San Jose
Sharks
43-21-12-6

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Minnesota Wild vs. San Jose Sharks

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Minnesota Wild vs. San Jose Sharks
Minnesota Wild vs. San Jose Sharks
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GAME: Minnesota Wild (17-19-14-0) at San Jose Sharks (22-12-11-4).

TIME: Saturday, 10:30 p.m. EST.

The Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks know they won't have an easy time winning much longer without help from their power-play unit.

They'll try to begin clicking on the man advantage as they host the Minnesota Wild at HP Pavilion.

The Sharks, who have just three regulation losses in their last 17 games, had a four-game winning streak snapped in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes -- in the back end of a home-and-home series.

Wayne Primeau scored the lone goal for San Jose, which went scoreless on four power-play chances, extending its funk with the man advantage to a dismal 1-for-34.

The Sharks also failed to earn a point at home for just the second time in 18 games after dominating the Coyotes in a 4-2 win in Phoenix on Wednesday.

"They were hungry for five or six minutes in the second, and that's all it took," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "We have to learn a lesson that all the fancy (stuff) we built into the game last night and tonight ... will always come back to haunt you."

The Wild are still hoping to snap a franchise-record nine-game road winless streak after Friday's 6-2 loss at Anaheim. Alexandre Daigle scored both goals for Minnesota, which is 0-3-6 away from home since a 3-2 victory at Colorado on Dec. 17.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 09 '04 MIN 4 at SJS 3 A. Daigle
Jan 24 '04 MIN 0 at SJS 4 N. Dimitrakos
Nov 28 '03 SJS 2 at MIN 1 V. Damphousse
Oct 12 '03 SJS 3 at MIN 2 P. Marleau