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The Minnesota Wild will try to match a season-high with its eighth straight home win when they meet the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday for the first time in more than three years.

Minnesota (20-17-2), which leads the league with a 16-3-1 record at the Xcel Energy Center, won its first eight home games there this season from Oct. 5-Nov. 2.

Mark Parrish's goal with 4:18 remaining in regulation kept the streak intact as the Wild defeated Anaheim 4-3 on Sunday.

"I had so many pointblank chances and didn't score, then on that one I'm just throwing it at the net, hoping it goes in," said Parrish. "It's nice to finally get two points and not give the other team any."

Six of Minnesota's wins during its current seven-game streak have come by one goal with five decided in either overtime or shootout.

Parrish - a native of nearby Edina, Minn. - appears to be benefiting from playing close to home after seven seasons with the New York Islanders, Florida and Los Angeles. The right wing is second on the Wild with 11 goals, but nine of them have come at Minnesota including six in his last five contests there.

Parrish had 29 goals for New York and Los Angeles in 2005-06 before signing a multi-year contract with Minnesota.

Brian Rolston got his team-leading 20th goal Sunday giving him three goals and five points in the last two games. He has recorded at least two points in six of his last seven home games, and has tallied 27 of his team-best 36 points there this season.

Minnesota, which is tied with Calgary for the Northwest Division lead, has three wins and a tie in its last four home game against the Thrashers.

Atlanta (24-11-6) won for the sixth time in seven games as Slava Kozlov scored at 1:48 of overtime in a 3-2 win at Ottawa on Monday. That helped the Southeast Division leaders rebound from a 4-1 loss to Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo on Wednesday.

"I think it's nice to have a win on the first day of the new year, especially since we bounced back after the game in Buffalo," Kozlov said. "We played very well against Buffalo, but we made a couple of mistakes and it cost us that game. That was a very solid game for us."

Kozlov has six goals in his last six games, but just one in six career games against the Wild. Kozlov's 45 points rank him second on the team behind Marian Hossa's 54 approaching the midpoint of the season.

Hossa, who had two assists against the Senators, has two goals and 10 assists in his last seven games. He also has struggled against the Wild, netting two goals in five career games.

Atlanta is 13-6-3 on the road, where it has won three of its last four games.

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