NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 12th (All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (22-19-3) at Edmonton Oilers (21-18-4), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Coming off their first road win in nearly two months, the Minnesota Wild will try to make it two straight as the visitor tonight, when they meet the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
The Wild had dropped a franchise-record 11 straight on the road before posting a 5-2 victory in Vancouver on Thursday. Brian Rolston had a goal and two assists to guide Minnesota past the Canucks at General Motors Place.
Marian Gaborik scored twice and Manny Fernandez came up with 24 saves for the Wild, who snapped a three-game overall losing streak and won as the visitor for the first time since November 16 in Nashville.
The Wild, who wrap up a four-game road trip Sunday in Chicago, are still a dismal 5-15-1 on the road this year.
Meanwhile, the Oilers will aim for a third straight victory tonight after posting wins in the final two tests of a three-game road trip.
Edmonton's most recent triumph came Wednesday evening in San Jose, as Marc- Andre Bergeron and Jarret Stoll each had a goal and an assist to lift the Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Mathieu Roy also scored for the Oilers and Ales Hemsky added a pair of assists. Dwayne Roloson stopped 32-of-34 shots between the pipes.
Edmonton has played very well at home this season, going 13-7-2 at Rexall Place.
The Wild have 47 points and are third in the competitive Northwest Division, while Edmonton is one point back in fourth. Calgary leads the division with 50 points.
Edmonton won the only meeting with the Wild this year on December 14, but Minnesota has still taken six of eight and seven of the last 10 encounters.
01/12 10:36:27 ET