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Wild Heads to Dallas for Final Road Game Before Break

Minnesota defeated Stars earlier this month at American Airlines Center

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

The Minnesota Wild will play its final road game before the All-Star break on Tuesday when it continues its stretch of Central Division games against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

Minnesota lost to the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center and will return home on Thursday to face the St. Louis Blues before embarking on a three-day break.

The loss to Nashville snapped a 15-game point streak against Western Conference foes but the Wild will try to continue its 12-game point streak away from home, which is tied for the best mark in franchise history.

Minnesota leads the Western Conference and is second in the NHL in points on the road this season (33), one fewer than the New York Rangers. It has gained a point in every game on the road since an overtime loss to Calgary on Dec. 2, a span that has seen Minnesota go 10-0-2 away from home.

The Wild hasn't lost consecutive games in regulation since Nov. 1 and 5.

It's been just 10 days since the Wild was in Dallas; Minnesota jumped out to a 4-0 first-period lead, only to see the Stars rally to tie the game at 4-4 in the third period. Moments after the game was tied, however, Mikael Granlund connected with Jason Zucker for the game-winning goal as Minnesota won 5-4 on Jan. 14.

The Wild is 2-0-1 against the Stars since the beginning of the current campaign and is playing its final regular season game of the season at American Airlines Center, when Minnesota is 1-0-1 in its previous two. The Wild is 8-17-8 at the arena all time.

The Stars have won just one of their four games since Minnesota was last in Dallas, compiling a 1-2-1 record over the last week and a half. Dallas went 1-2 on a three-game trip to New York in the immediate aftermath before losing in overtime against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. 

John Klingberg and Tyler Seguin each have one goal and two assists against the Wild this season. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen was charged with the loss earlier this month after taking over for Antti Niemi, who allowed goals on each of the first three shots he faced before getting pulled.

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