NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 30th (All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (14-14-9-0) at Edmonton Oilers (13-17-6-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild attempt to push their unbeaten streak to a club-record nine games tonight when they travel to Edmonton to face the Oilers at Rexall Place.
The Wild have tied their last three contests, including a 2-2 deadlock in Calgary on Monday night. Richard Park converted a penalty shot early in the third period to lift Minny.
Pascal Dupuis also scored for the Wild, who are 4-0-4 in the last eight. The only other time Minnesota has gone eight straight games without a loss was from December 17, 2000 - January 5, 2001.
Dwayne Roloson made 44 saves in the contest for Minnesota, which last suffered defeat on December 11 versus Toronto. Roloson is 2-0-2 with a 1.92 goals against average in his last four contests.
Trailing 2-1 in the early stages of the third period, the Wild were awarded a penalty shot after Calgary's Jordan Leopold was spotted by the officials while using his glove to cover the puck in the crease.
Park picked up the puck at center ice, broke in on Miikka Kiprusoff, deked to his backhand and lifted the puck over the goaltender's pads to knot the contest at the 2:45 mark.
Tonight's game completes a three-game road trip for the Wild, who are 7-6-5 on the road this season.
The Oilers, meanwhile, have just two wins in their last 10 games (2-5-3). Their latest loss came at home on Sunday night with a 2-1 setback to the Flames. Jarome Iginla finished with a goal and an assist to lead Calgary.
Mike York posted his third goal in three games for the Oilers, who lost for the fourth time in six games (1-4-1). Tommy Salo made 19 saves.
The Oilers are winless in their last four at home (0-3-1) and 1-7-1 in their last nine at Rexall Place.
Edmonton is 12-3-3 all-time against Minnesota, including a 6-1-1 mark at home. This season, the teams are tied at 1-1-1 with each team picking up a win on the road. They also skated to a 1-1 tie on December 18 in Edmonton.
The Oilers are in last place in the Northwest Division with 32 points and trail fourth-place Minnesota by five.
12/30 10:16:13 ET