Minnesota (29-27-5) at Anaheim (27-20-11) 10:30 pm EST
ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) - The slumping Minnesota Wild hope
to close out their road trip on a positive note when they face
the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Friday.
The Wild are in the midst of a five-game road swing that was
split by the Olympic break. After splitting the first two games
before the Olympics, Minnesota has lost the two contests since
the NHL resumed play.
After dropping Tuesday's contest at Colorado, the Wild had a 3-2
setback against Los Angeles on Thursday. Slovakian Olympian
Marian Gaborik, who had a goal against the Avalanche, scored
twice against the Kings.
Despite the loss, Minnesota is 11th in the Western Conference
standings, just five points out of a playoff spot and eight
points behind seventh-place Los Angeles.
Anaheim dropped a 2-0 contest against Detroit on Wednesday in
its first game back from the Olympic hiatus despite having both
captain Scott Niedermayer and star defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh in
the lineup for the first time since November 27.
Ozolinsh, who played for the Latvian Olympic team, missed 20
games undergoing substance abuse counseling while Niedermayer
returned from arthroscopic knee surgery that caused him to miss
playing for the Canadian Olympic squad.
The Wild have won their last four games against the Mighty
Ducks, including the first three meetings this season.