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The Minnesota Wild entered the weekend on their longest winning streak of the season but must now find a way to avoid a third straight defeat.

They can get back on track by sweeping the three-game season series from the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Minnesota (34-22-8) won five in a row before blowing a one-goal, third-period lead in Saturday's 4-3 loss at Dallas. The Wild then fell 3-2 in a shootout to surging St. Louis at home Sunday.

With a solid hold on the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference, the Wild remain confident, especially after rallying from a 2-0 deficit to earn a point against the Blues.

"We like the way we played," forward Zach Parise said. "Some great opportunities at the end just wouldn't go for us."

Minnesota, which enjoyed a 14-4-2 stretch prior to the last two games, allowed the Stars and Blues to go a combined 3 for 7 on the power play after it killed off all 19 penalties over the previous seven contests. The Wild also went 0 for 3 with the man advantage Sunday after going 8 for 30 (26.7 percent) in the previous nine.

Matt Moulson did score one night after he recorded an assist at Dallas in his first game since Minnesota acquired him from Buffalo.

"It's been pretty easy to try and fit in," said Moulson, who has three goals and seven assists during an eight-game point streak. "The guys are really easy to play with. There's a lot of structure in their game."

Acquired from the Oilers (22-35-8) for a draft pick last Tuesday, Ilya Bryzgalov made 20 saves but allowed T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen to score in the shootout in his Minnesota debut Sunday. Bryzgalov went 5-8-5 with a 3.01 goals-against average for the Oilers this season but could give way to No. 1 goalie Darcy Kuemper, who has a 1.48 GAA during his six-game home winning streak.

Kuemper's run began with a 20-save performance in a 4-1 home victory over Edmonton on Jan. 16. He then stopped 21 shots during a 3-0 road win over the Oilers on Feb. 27 for his second career shutout.

Minnesota has won 15 of 18 against the Oilers, who took two in a row before losing 4-2 to Los Angeles on Sunday. Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner each had a goal and an assist as Edmonton remained competitive despite being outshot 50-27.

"I thought it was one of those games where we battled against that team and we held our own physically," said Gagner, who has that goal and five assists in the last four contests. "We're obviously not happy with the result, but we have to move forward."

Hall has a goal in each of his last two games after scoring two in the previous 15 contests. He recorded a goal and four assists in the final two games against Minnesota last season, but has no points in the two meetings of 2013-14.

Jordan Eberle scored Edmonton's lone goal against the Wild this season, and has two with seven assists during a six-game point streak at Minnesota.

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