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GAME: Montreal Canadiens (24-19-6-2) at Minnesota Wild (17-20-15-0).

TIME: Thursday, 8 p.m. EST.

The momentum the Montreal Canadiens were building has been slowed by several injuries and a three-game losing streak.

Montreal will try to avoid a season-high fourth straight loss when it visits the Minnesota Wild.

The Canadiens had been one of the league's hottest teams in January, going 7-1-1 before matching a season high with losses in their last three games.

Jose Theodore allowed three goals on seven third-period shots Tuesday as Montreal lost 4-1 at Buffalo.

The defeat allowed the New York Islanders to pull within two points of the Canadiens for seventh in the Eastern Conference.

``We need to bounce back. It's three in a row and that's enough,'' Montreal's Mike Ribeiro said.

Four regular forwards were out of Montreal's lineup _ right wings Jason Ward, Pierre Dagenais and Andreas Dackell and center Steve Begin. Ward and Begin have shoulder injuries, Dackell has a sore knee and Dagenais served the first game of a two-game suspension for high-sticking Toronto's Bryan Marchment on Saturday.

``Lately, we have played as well as we'd like, but with injuries and suspensions, we need guys to pick up the slack,'' Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. ``We are struggling a little bit and we have to find a way back to our winning ways.''

Theodore has allowed 10 goals during the three-game losing streak after yielding six goals in his previous five starts.

Minnesota should be happy to get back home after going 0-2-1 during a three-game trip in California.

Richard Park and Jim Dowd scored power-play goals and Dwyane Roloson rebounded from his worst game of the season with 34 saves Monday as the Wild skated to a 2-2 tie against Los Angeles.

The power-play goals came after Minnesota entered Monday 2-for-56 with the man advantage in its previous 16 games.

``We need to score more goals, and the power play is where we can get them,'' said Andrew Brunette, who assisted on both goals.

The draw left the Wild 0-4-7 in their last 11 road games, and 0-0-15 in overtime this season.

Injuries also are a problem for Minnesota, which was without forwards Wes Walz and Marian Gaborik and defensemen Brad Bombardir and Andrei Zyuzin on Monday.

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