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Wild Vs. Coyotes: Mired In Offensive Slumber, Minnesota To Take On Tough Phoenix Defense

The Minnesota Wild have been outscored 15-1 over its last three games, making Thursday night not the best time to take on one of the league's stiffer defenses in the Phoenix Coyotes.

The last thing the Minnesota Wild needs is to play a stout defense. But so it goes.

The Wild, who have lost five in a row and 13 of 16 dating back to Feb. 4, will play the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday. That means Minnesota will have to contend with a team that is both desperate and, maybe more troubling, ranked No. 7 in the league in both goals allowed and penalty killing.

Playing a tough defense comes at a bad time for Minnesota. The Wild have been shut-out three times in their last five games. Over the last three games, they have scored but one goal and have been outscored 15-1.

The Coyotes will be desperate for a win. They are currently in seventh in the Western Conference standings with 75 points, just one point ahead of a three-way tie for eighth.

Thursday's game starts at 9 ET and will air on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin.

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