Arizona (19-25-4) at Minnesota (29-19-1)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Fri Feb 14, 2003
  • TV: FSSW
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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA (TICKER) —The Minnesota Wild seek three straight shutouts for the first time in their brief history as they host the struggling Phoenix Coyotes on Friday.

Minnesota accomplished back-to-back shutouts for the first time as goaltenders Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson turned aside 61 shots in a sweep of a home-and-home series witht the Philadelphia Flyers.

Roloson made 31 saves in Wednesday’s 2-0 home win as veterans Wes Walz and Cliff Ronning tallied.

Minnesota’s shutout streak currently stands at 129 minutes, 39 seconds.

Phoenix has dropped four in a row and five of six games. The Coyotes’ 49 points are the second-lowest in the Western Conference.

Phoenix’s latest loss was a 1-0 blanking on home ice to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. The Coyotes were outshot, 38-18 and 21-14 over the final two periods.

Although Phoenix was not shut out until December 22, it has been blanked six times this season and the latest one prompted a 15-minute team meeting following Wednesday’s game.

The Wild are 2-1 vs. the Coyotes this season.

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