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Thursday, December 14th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Wild (16-12-2) at Edmonton Oilers (16-12-2), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A battle for the top spot in the competitive Northwest Division is on tap this evening in Edmonton, as the Oilers invite the Minnesota Wild to Rexall Place.

The Wild and Oilers are currently tied atop the division with 34 points apiece. Calgary, which plays in Vancouver tonight, is just one point out of first place, while the Canucks and Colorado Avalanche are just three and four points behind the Northwest leaders, respectively.

Edmonton is back home tonight after dropping the final two tests of a three- game road trip. The latest setback came Tuesday evening in Nashville. David Legwand lit the lamp with 2:45 remaining in regulation to lift the Predators to the 3-2 decision at Gaylord Entertainment Center.

Fernando Pisani and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored while Dwayne Roloson stopped 27 shots for Edmonton.

Tonight marks the middle portion of a three-game road trip for the Wild, who are just 4-9-1 as the visiting club this season.

The Wild's road woes continued Tuesday evening in Calgary, as they were handed a 5-2 setback at the Saddledome. Jarome Iginla collected two goals and two assists, leading the Flames to the solid victory.

Pascal Dupuis and Todd White scored for Minnesota, which saw its three-game win streak halted.

Manny Fernandez had a rough night in goal, giving up four goals on 13 shots. Niklas Backstrom came in and stopped eight-of-nine shots in the third period.

This is the first meeting between the Wild and Oilers this season. Last year, Minnesota took six of eight encounters, including all four matchups at Rexall Place.

12/14 10:29:03 ET


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