Wild Schedule: Minnesota Hitting The Road

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Wild Vs. Kings: Minnesota Looking To Bounce Back After Loss

Though the Minnesota Wild just had a five-game winning streak snapped against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, the team is confident heading into their next game, a road tilt against the Los Angeles Kings. Minnesota is in the middle of a five-game road trip and have two games on the road following this, against the Ducks and the Blue Jackets. On Saturday, they'll take on the Kings in the first of four meetings between the teams this season. Last season, the team's split the four meetings, with three of those games going to overtime.

While Minnesota has won five of their last games, the Kings are winners in just one of the last seven outings. They're 1-4-2 in their last seven, with just 14 goals scored in that time. There's a lot of high level players in Los Angeles, and the play hasn't been totally dominated by the opposing teams, but they haven't finished on their chances, which is where the Wild hold the advantage, at second in the league with 1.87 goals-against per game. 

The game is set for 10:30 eastern time on Saturday and can be seen on Fox Sports North, as usual. 

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Sharks Snap Wild's Five-Game Winning Streak, 3-1

Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi made their returns to San Jose on Thursday night, but it was Patrick Marleau that came up big for the home team. Marleau scored two power play goals, and the San Jose Sharks ended the Minnesota Wild's five-game winning streak by handing them a 3-1 loss at the Shark Tank.

After a scoreless first period of play, San Jose took a man advantage early in the second period, when Pierre-Marc Bouchard took a hooking penalty just 1:41 into the frame. Less than a minute later, Marleau was celebrating his first goal of the evening, beating Niklas Backstrom to give San Jose a 1-0 lead. The Sharks were on the power play again after a tripping call on Marco Scandella, and Marleau cashed in again to make the lead 2-0.

Before the second period closed out, San Jose's Torrey Mitchell registered his first goal of the season, and Minnesota was looking at a 3-0 deficit going into the second period break.

Kyle Brodziak got the Wild on the board in the second period with his third goal of the year at the 13:33 mark, but it would prove not to be enough. That was the only score the Wild would get on the evening.

The loss leaves the Wild just one point behind the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL's Northwest Division. They have 19 points and a record of 8-4-3. The Sharks also have 19 points after Thursday night's contest, and they are tied with the Wild for the fourth-highest point total in the Western Conference.

Minnesota will take Friday off before back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday night against the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks.

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Wild Vs. Sharks: Teams Meet For First Time Since Offseason Trades

After picking up a big 3-0 shutout win over the Calgary Flames, the Minnesota Wild will continue their road trip by heading to the HP Pavilion to take on the San Jose Sharks. Minnesota, as noted, is coming off a win over Calgary that may lend itself to helping figure out how the Sharks game may go ... Niklas Backstrom was in net for Minnesota, and was swarmed by the Flames for a majority of the game, having to make several diving saves to keep the team in the game.

That's likely what they'll be seeing from San Jose, a high-powered offensive team. The Sharks will try and swarm and control the play early, but their goalie play from Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss have proven to be something that teams can deal with on limited opportunities. If Minnesota can keep themselves in the game with goalie play, then they'll have a good chance to beat the Sharks.

On top of that, this will be the first time these two teams meet since swapping multiple players before the start of the season. Former Wild defenseman Brent Burns was sent to the Sharks for Devin Setoguchi, a first-round pick, and Charlie Coyle, the Sharks' 2010 NHL draft first-round pick. The team's also dealt when San Jose sent Dany Heatley in exchange for Martin Havlat.

It will be the first time these players face their old teams. The game is set for Thursday at 7:30 p.m..

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Wild Vs. Flames: Niklas Backstrom Shuts Out Calgary

The Minnesota Wild have finally found their groove, it seems. After winning five straight games, three of which were at home, they've embarked on a five-game road trip. They got it started the right way on Tuesday, taking home a 3-0 shutout of the Calgary Flames. Niklas Backstrom got the start in goal, after Josh Harding won four straight in net, and stopped 41 shots in the shutout.

Minnesota would go on to score once in each period. Darroll Powe scored five minutes into the game, the puck deflecting off his skate on a 2-on-2 and in between the legs of Miikka Kiprusoff. Dany Heatley lit the lamp next, directing a pass from Mikko Koivu pass Kiprusoff. In the third period, Guillaume Latendresse scored on a wrister - an empty net goal - and that did it for Calgary.

Backstrom was very solid in the game, stopping eight shots in the first four minutes of play as Calgary swarmed on him. There were multiple times when Calgary set up long scoring opportunities, especially on the power play. Though Harding has played well in Backstrom's absence, expect the latter to get more playing time after that kind of showing. During that first four minutes, Backstrom lifted his stick to stop a shot while laying flat on his stomach.

Next, the Wild will head to San Jose to take on the Sharks on Thursday.

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Wild Schedule: Minnesota Takes Their Show On The Road

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