NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 31st (All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (17-20-15-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (14-27-7-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild try to get back on the winning track tonight, as they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
The Wild are coming off an overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Richard Zednik scored the game-winning goal with 28 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Montreal to the win at Xcel Energy Center.
Jason Marshall and Antti Laaksonen scored for the Wild, who remained winless in their last four contests (0-3-1). Dwayne Roloson turned aside 26 of the 29 shots he faced in the loss, as Minnesota dropped its first home game in the last five.
Zednik ended the game in the extra period, as he skated into the right circle and collected a Mike Ribeiro pass from the corner boards. After Zednik got control of the puck, the Montreal forward blasted a slap that Roloson could not catch up to with his glove.
The loss was the first decision in an overtime game this season for Minnesota, which has played to a league-leading 15 ties.
The Wild were without star forward Marian Gaborik for the fourth straight game. He has been sidelined with a hip flexor.
The Blue Jackets were dealt a 6-4 setback by the Nashville Predators on Thursday. Scott Walker scored the eventual game-winning goal midway through the third period and Marek Zidlicky assisted on three others to lead Nashville to victory.
Trevor Letowski scored two goals and assisted on another in the loss for the Blue Jackets, who dropped their second consecutive contest. Manny Malhotra notched three assists for Columbus, while Geoff Sanderson and Tyler Wright tallied the Blue Jackets' other two goals.
Columbus used both of its goaltenders, as Marc Denis got the start, but gave up four goals on the 16 shots he faced. Fred Brathwaite came on midway through the second period and made 13 saves on 15 shots.
Sophomore winger Rick Nash extended his point streak to three games and has three goals with two assists in that span.
The Wild picked up the only meeting of the season and have won two straight matchups with the Jackets. However, they are winless in their last three trips to Columbus (0-2-1).
01/31 10:35:27 ET