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Tuesday, February 17th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Wild (20-22-15-2) at New Jersey Devils (30-16-10-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils seek their third consecutive victory tonight when they invite the Minnesota Wild to the Meadowlands.

On the heels of a three-game losing slide, the Devs have defeated Carolina and Los Angeles. On Sunday, Paul Martin scored his first goal in 28 games with just over a minute remaining in overtime, as the Devils overcame an early two- goal deficit to post a 3-2 win over the Kings.

Jamie Langenbrunner had a goal and an assist and Sergei Brylin also scored for the Devils, who won their second straight game following a two-game skid. Martin Brodeur made 24 saves in the New Jersey victory.

With 71 points, New Jersey is seven behind first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division race.

The Devils will visit Washington on Thursday.

Minnesota, coached, of course, by former Devils benchman Jacques Lemaire, has lost two of its last three games. On Sunday, the Wild dropped a 2-1 decision to the visiting Calgary Flames. Robyn Regehr scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period to lift Calgary.

Dwayne Roloson stopped 14 shots for the Wild, who completed a three-game homestand at 1-2-0. Sergei Zholtok scored the lone goal for Minnesota, which is 3-4-1-2 in its last 10 contests overall.

Playoff hopes are slowly fading for Lemaire's club, as the Wild sit seven points St. Louis and Dallas for eighth place in the Western Conference and have Nashville to leapfrog as well.

Minny will host Vancouver on Thursday.

Minnesota snapped a four-game series winless streak (0-3-1) in this series with a win last March 4. The Wild have lost both their meetings at New Jersey.

02/17 10:20:38 ET


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