NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 27th (All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (25-21-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (18-30-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild will try to keep their franchise-record winning streak alive tonight, as they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
The Wild have picked up victories in five consecutive games and now find themselves in the thick of the playoff race.
Despite being last in the Northwest Division, Minnesota has 54 points and is tied with Anaheim for the ninth seed in the Western Conference. Colorado and Edmonton are currently tied for the West's eighth and final postseason berth with 60 points apiece.
The Wild's latest victory came Thursday evening against the visiting Nashville Predators. Manny Fernandez stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced to lead Minnesota past Nashville, 5-1.
Alexandre Daigle and Stephane Veilleux each had a goal and an assist for the Wild, whose previous club mark for consecutive victories was three.
Columbus was last in action on Tuesday when they earned a wild 6-5 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Trevor Letowski scored the tie-breaking goal with 4:37 remaining to lift the Blue Jackets to the home victory.
Jan Hrdina netted a pair of power-play goals and Bryan Berard finished with a goal and two assists in the win, the Blue Jackets' sixth in their last seven home games. Columbus has won six of its last nine outings overall.
Marc Denis made 28 saves to preserve the victory, while Columbus converted 4- of-9 power-play opportunities.
Tonight marks the middle test of a three-game homestand for the Blue Jackets, who are an even 12-12-0 at Nationwide this season.
Columbus has won two of three meetings with the Wild this season. The Blue Jackets have also taken three of four and eight of the last 12 matchups and Minnesota is 0-5-1 (5 losses, 1 tie) in its last six trips to Ohio.
01/27 10:17:20 ET