PITTSBURGH PA - JANUARY 8: Nick Schultz #55 of the Minnesota Wild and Brent Burns #8 of the Minnesota Wild congratulate goaltender Jose Theodore #60 of the Minnesota Wild after Theodore posted a shutout in a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 8 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Wild Recover From Loss To Ducks With 1-0 Shutout Of Red Wings

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Wild Vs. Red Wings: Dany Heatley Lifts Minnesota To 1-0 Shutout Of Detroit

The Minnesota Wild snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday with a huge win win over the Detroit Red Wings. Dany Heatley got the lone goal in the game, taking a tipped puck past Minnesota's blue line down the boards and beat Jimmy Howard from his left side over his right shoulder with a beautiful wrister that put the Wild ahead and eventually gave them a 1-0 lead.

Minnesota hands Detroit their fourth-straight loss and the teams are 1-1 against each other this year, as Detroit took the first meeting 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 15. Neither team had their power play working, as there were eight penalties in the game and Heatley's goal wasn't with the man advantage.

Josh Harding was fantastic in net and was the main reason the Red Wings were handed a loss on Saturday, stopping all 36 shots that came his way, while his team only put 20 pucks on the Red Wings' Howard.

This was the second time ever that the Wild were able to shutout Detroit, doing it for the first time since March 2003.

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Wild Vs. Red Wings NHL Preview: Power Play Will Be Key

The Minnesota Wild don't look like a bad team in their losses this season. But they're 3-3-3 and something has got to change. The power play isn't working most of the time and even though they started to convert some chances against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, they still came out on the losing end of that game 3-2.

So they'll look to rebound on Saturday when they host the Detroit Red Wings. Minnesota lost the first meeting between the two teams this season, 3-2 in overtime on Oct 15. At that time, the Red Wings were undefeated though, and now the Red Wings are on a two-game loss streak. Detroit lost games to the Capitals and the winless Blue Jackets, but are playing the San Jose Sharks at the time of writing this, so they could have snapped the losing streak by the time they take on the Wild.

For Minnesota, the gameplan is simple, though against the Red Wings, it's always easier said than done. The Wild need to get the power play working and they have to get ahead of Detroit early. With Jimmy Howard probably back in net when they take on the Red Wings, that's going to be an even tougher task. Both of Detroit's losses were with Ty Conklin as the starting goaltender.

The Wild are losers in their last two outings and currently are sitting in third place in the Northwest Division. The game is set for 8:00 p.m eastern on Saturday and can be seen on Fox Sports North.

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Wild Vs. Ducks: Minnesota Hurts Itself In Final Minutes, Loses 3-2

The Minnesota Wild just have not found their groove. Entering Thursday's contest against the Anaheim Ducks, the team's shared two of the worst power play conversion percentages in the NHL, but four power play goals were scored on Thursday. Unfortunately, two of them belonged to the Ducks, and it allowed them to take the lead and not relinquish it en route to a 3-2 win at the Xcel Energy Center.

Corey Perry got things started with a power play goal in the first period, taking a feed from Ryan Getzlaf and beating Niklas Backstrom, who had committed to a potential shot from Getzlaf.  Bobby Ryan would get the next score, putting the Ducks up 2-0, but Jared Spurgeon of the Wild brought them back within one on the man advantage. The puck deflected off of Devin Setoguchi and Spurgeon caught the long rebound, shooting from the right point to get his first goal of the season.

Anaheim quickly put things out of reach though, with a power play goal from Getzlaf, and though the Wild would score again - this one a power play goal 14 minutes into the third period - the game was out of reach and the Ducks held on for a 3-2 win. It was a win that snapped the Ducks three-game losing streak and five straight losses in Minnesota. The Wild did have a chance to bring things back in the final minutes, just down one goal, but they took anothertwo penalties in the final five minutes.

The loss brings the Wild to 3-3-3 on the season, and they'll be looking ahead to Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings for redemption.

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