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Wild open long road stretch against Oilers

Minnesota (30-25-5-) at Edmonton (30-26-5), 10:00 p.m. EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Wild will prove

whether they belong in the playoffs in the upcoming weeks.

Continuing a stretch of playing nine of 10 games on the road,

the Wild visit the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday in a battle of

teams on the postseason bubble.

Minnesota, which is also slated to play 13 of its next 16 away

from home, began its trek with a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames

on Friday.

In that contest, Marc-Andre Bergeron netted the lone goal and

All-Star Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots for the Wild, who

began a six-game road trip by losing for the sixth straight time

at Pengrowth Saddledome.

Along with Edmonton, Minnesota has 65 points and is part of a

four-way deadlock involving Anaheim and Dallas for the seventh

and eighth spots in the conference.

The Oilers, who have lost four of five, are coming off a 1-0

setback to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. They have

scored two goals or fewer in each of their last five losses.

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