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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The Minnesota Wild have continued their strong play against the Blackhawks this season, but they have yet to meet in Chicago.

The Wild, who have won consecutive road games for the first time this season, look to win their sixth straight against the Blackhawks as they continue their season series Sunday at the United Center.

Minnesota (23-19-3) is 5-0-0 against Chicago (17-22-5) since a 4-2 loss on Oct. 23, 2005. The Wild already won both their home games against the Blackhawks, winning the first in a shootout and the second in overtime.

The Wild were winless in 11 straight road games before their current run, and are just 6-15-1 away from the Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota has a chance to win three straight on the road in regulation for the first time in team history. The Wild won three straight road games from Feb. 2-10, but the first win was in a shootout.

Marian Gaborik's return has sparked Minnesota's recent success. The Minnesota star posted his second straight two-goal game and the Wild beat Edmonton 4-2 on Friday, one night after netting two goals in the Wild's 5-2 win at Vancouver that ended their road losing streak.

Gaborik's latest effort came in his fourth game since returning to the lineup after missing 34 with a groin injury. The right winger, who went without a point in his first two games back, has eight goals and 11 points in 11 games this season.

"It's been a good test for me to play back-to-back games like this," he said. "I'm feeling pretty good."

Minnesota forward Brian Rolston has three goals and four assists in his last four games against Chicago. He leads the team with 23 goals and 41 points.

Chicago lost its fifth straight Saturday, 6-3 to Detroit, but did get some good news with the return of Martin Havlat. The left wing had an assist in his first game after missing the previous three with a groin injury, and the Blackhawks have gone 6-12-4 without him.

Havlat, who leads the Blackhawks with 13 goals and 27 points, had two goals and an assist against Minnesota on Dec. 9, but it wasn't enough as Chicago lost 5-4 in overtime.

Chicago's Brent Seabrook had a first-period goal and has recorded points in consecutive games for the first time this season. One of his three goals this season came against the Wild in their Dec. 9 defeat.

The Blackhawks have struggled on the power play all season and enter this game last in the NHL. But the struggles have been worse recently, going just 2-for-39 in their last eight games. They went 0-for-6 Saturday and squandered a two-man advantage spanning the second and third periods.

"We work on it every day," Chicago forward Radim Vrbata said. "But it's not working."

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Jan 19 '07MIN 3 at CHI 0M. Gaborik
Jan 14 '07MIN 4 at CHI 3 - SOP. Demitra
Dec 09 '06CHI 4 at MIN 5 - OTM. Parrish
Dec 05 '06CHI 2 at MIN 3 - SOP. Bouchard
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