Wild eye fourth straight win

Vancouver (11-6-2) at Minnesota (11-4-1), 8:00 p.m. EST

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) — The Minnesota Wild go for their
fourth straight win on Thursday when they open up a five-game
homestand against the Vancouver Canucks.

Minnesota has won each of its past two games in a shootout,
improving to 3-0 in the bonus format.

Marek Zidlicky scored the lone goal in the shootout and Niklas
Backstrom saved all three attempts as the Wild defeated the
Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, on Tuesday.

Backstrom has allowed two goals or less in 11 of his 15 games,
including five straight. Opponents have tallied just three
times against the Finnish netminder during Minnesota’s winning

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The Canucks are coming off a 6-3 victory over the New York
Rangers on Wednesday.

Alex Burrows scored twice and defenseman Mattias Ohlund notched
three assists in the win for Vancouver, which is 5-0-2 in its
last seven contests.

The Wild went 5-2-1 against the Canucks last season. Vancouver
won the first meeting, 2-0, on November 8 as goaltender Roberto
Luongo made 29 saves to record his third straight shutout.