ST PAUL, MN - DECEMBER 29: Niklas Backstrom #32 of the Minnesota Wild blocks a shot by the Edmonton Oilers in the second period on December 29, 2011 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Wild were finally able to break their right game losing streak on Thursday night with a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Their recent eight game losing streak has seent he Wild fall out of first place in the Northwest Division, but Vancouver only leads them by two points.
Saturday night the Wild will close out the 2011 portion of their schedule against the Phoenix Coyotes at home. Phoenix enters with only 40 points on the season, sitting two points outside of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The puck drops at 6 p.m. on Saturday night at the XCel Energy Center.
Dany Heatley has been playing well for Minnesota of late with three goals in the last four games. He had a key goal in the win over Edmonton on Thursday night, one in which even goalie Niklas Backstrom got involved in a minor scuffle late in the game.