GAME: Minnesota Wild (8-12-4-0) at Edmonton Oilers (10-11-3-0).
TIME: Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers both look to end their season-high,
five-game winless streaks when they meet at Rexall Place.
The Wild are beginning a three-game road trip after going 0-3-1 on their
Minnesota snapped a four-game losing streak Sunday, earning a point for the
first time since Nov. 19 with a 1-1 tie against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the
finale of the homestand.
Wes Walz gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead early in the first period, but Anaheim
tied it late in the second period as the Wild fell to 1-5-2 in their last eight
"I thought we had much more energy tonight than we have had in recent
games, and there was a lot of positive things said between periods, and we just
tried to keep building on it," Walz said.
"We had some really good scoring chances we were unable to capitalize on.
The way things are going around here right now, we'll take the point."
Minnesota lost 2-0 at home to Edmonton on Nov. 13 to remain winless in
regulation against the Oilers. Edmonton is 12-0-2-2 all-time against Minnesota,
including a 6-0-1-1 mark at Rexall Place.
Edmonton, however, has lost the first two games of its five-game homestand
and three straight on its home ice. The Oilers also extended their overall
winless streak to 0-4-1 with a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.
Edmonton has been outscored 13-3 in losing three straight despite
outshooting its opponents 93-91 during that skid.
"When you get shots on net, something is wrong when you only get one
goal," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. You can rationalize it that way,
but we've got to start winning games."
Minnesota continues its trip with a matchup against Calgary on Friday before
concluding it Saturday in Vancouver. Edmonton, meanwhile, plays the Pittsburgh
Penguins on Saturday in the fourth game of its homestand.