WINNIPEG -- The Minnesota Wild will attempt to set a new franchise mark for consecutive road wins with eight when they head north to the unfriendly confines of the MTS Centre.
Minnesota's 20 wins and 43 points lead the NHL, and the club is off to its best start in franchise history. The Wild also own a seven-game winning streak after knocking off the Phoenix Coyotes on the road Saturday night, 4-1. Kyle Brodziak chipped in two power-play goals against the Coyotes and now leads all Minnesota scorers with 10 goals.
Tonight's meeting is the first look at what will be a new conference rivalry come next season. Minnesota and Winnipeg are each other's closest geographic rivals.
The Wild will regain the services of left wing Guillaume Latendresse, whom they activated from injured reserve this morning after a 15-game absence. Latendresse last played on Nov. 10 at San Jose. However, center Matt Cullen will not play after being sidelined by illness.
Jamie improves every game and every year. I've only been with him for two years, but as a player and as a person it seems like every week he's getting stronger and better, and becoming a better leader and better captain. He wants the team to be so successful that he's making himself better as a player.
— Stars forward Tyler Seguin on teammate Jamie Benn, the '14-15 Art Ross Trophy winner
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