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Wild Caps Three-Game Trip in Ottawa

Minnesota playing on the second half of back-to-back games after loss to Flyers on Saturday

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

OTTAWA -- The Minnesota Wild has ventured north of the border for the first time this season as it will complete a three-game road trip in the Canadian capital Sunday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators.

The Wild (7-4-1) lost 3-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night in the front half of back-to-back games. Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund scored for the Wild while goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves.

Niederreiter's goal on the first shift of the game got Minnesota off to the start it wanted, but it wasn't able to build on its momentum after that.

"It was a great first shift. I mean, after that we didn't get the puck out of our end for the first period because we didn't win a battle," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "I'm really disappointed. [Philadelphia] played [Friday] night in Toronto. We knew they'd come back because they had a bad third period and all, but at the same token, we're sitting here waiting for them and coming off a pretty good high. I thought we needed better."

Sunday marks the second time this season Minnesota has played games on consecutive days; the Wild allowed a season-high six goals to the New York Islanders on Oct. 23 in a 6-3 loss.

Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper is expected to get the start between the pipes, his first action since being charged with five goals in the game against the Islanders. Dubnyk has started the seven games since, compiling a record of 4-3-0. 

The Senators (9-5-0) will try and run their winning streak to three games on Sunday. Ottawa defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Friday night at the Canadian Tire Centre and is in the midst of a stretch where it plays four of five games on home ice. 

Ottawa hasn't scored more than two goals in any of its past eight games and hasn't reached three goals since a 3-0 win over Vancouver on Oct. 25. The Sens have allowed more than two goals just twice, however, during that stretch.

Both wins on their current two-game winning trend have been 2-1 victories.

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