Wild still trying to end offensive funk

Minnesota (15-12-1) at Anaheim (16-11-3), 8:00 pm EST

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) — The Minnesota Wild are known for
playing good team defense. However, they will need to score
more goals to end their current slide.

The offensively inept Wild will try to end a four-game losing
streak Sunday when they face the Anaheim Ducks.

Minnesota, which is concluding a four-game road trip, has
managed just three goals over its current losing skid. It was
no different Saturday, as the Wild’s eight-game winning streak
over the Los Angeles Kings was snapped with a 3-1 setback.

Niklas Backstrom made 40 saves for Minnesota, which has dropped
four straight in regulation for first time since November 20-28,
2003. The Wild are a combined 1-for-9 on the power play during
that stretch.

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“I think we only had a couple of chances to score,” Minnesota
coach Jacques Lemaire said. “That’s not enough, that’s not good
effort. The guys practiced well and they had good energy, and
then the game comes the next day and there’s nothing.”

The Ducks’ offense certainly does not have much to brag about
after its last performance.

Anaheim was shut out for the first time, suffering a 2-0 setback
to the San Jose Sharks. Despite the loss, the Ducks have still
won six of their last nine contests.