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)
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The Minnesota Wild have lost three straight to fall out of first place overall in the NHL's Western Conference, but they still hold a five point lead over Vancouver in the Northwest Division. That lead will be tested late Monday night as Minnesota travels to face the Canucks in Vancouver to start an important week. Minnesota was already forced to recall two forwards from Houston in order to bolster their roster in advance of this important game. Vancouver enters as one of the league's hottest teams at 7-2-1 in its last 10 games.
The Wild will stay in Western Canada for a pair of divisional games to finish out the week. On Tuesday they travel to face the Calgary Flames, who have split a pair of game with Detroit already this year. That game is followed by a trip further north on Thursday to face the Edmonton Oilers. Both Calgary and Edmonton sit near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.