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Thursday, February 2nd (All times eastern)

Minnesota Wild (25-24-4) at San Jose Sharks (24-19-7), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild will try to halt a three-game losing streak tonight, as they visit the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.

The Wild dropped its third straight on Tuesday in Denver. Patrice Brisebois scored the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist to lift the Colorado Avalanche over Minnesota, 3-2, at the Pepsi Center.

Marian Gaborik registered a goal and an assist, Brian Rolston added his 23rd tally of the season and Manny Fernandez stopped 38 shots for Minnesota, which had won five straight before its current skid.

Rolston is currently tied with Anaheim's Teemu Selanne for the NHL's longest current point-scoring streak at eight games. Rolston has five goals and seven helpers during his run.

Tonight is the middle test of a three-game road trip for the Wild, who are just 9-13-3 away from Minnesota this season. They close out the swing Saturday at Phoenix.

San Jose, meanwhile, halted a three-game skid Wednesday evening in Anaheim. Jonathan Cheechoo tallied his third hat trick of the season to lift the Sharks over the Mighty Ducks, 6-4, at the Pond.

Mark Smith and Tom Preissing also scored a goal apiece and Evgeni Nabokov made 35 saves for the Sharks. Nils Ekman added an empty-net goal and an assist for San Jose.

Cheechoo leads the Sharks with 31 goals and has a total 51 points this season.

San Jose, which is 14-5-4 at the Shark Tank this season, kicks off a five-game homestand tonight. The Sharks will host Anaheim on Saturday.

Minnesota is 2-0 against the Sharks this season and has won three in a row in the series. The Wild have also won in two straight trips to San Jose.

02/02 10:20:55 ET


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