Minnesota (36-24-1) at Columbus (24-36-3)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Columbus, OH
Temp: 73° F
  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Mar 15, 2003
  • TV: FSOH
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COLUMBUS, OHIO (TICKER) —Although they entered the league together three years ago, the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets have not enjoyed the same amount of success.

Neither team made the playoffs in their first two seasons, but the Wild have improved their record each year and are in good position to be in the postseason.

Minnesota, which defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-1, on Friday, is tied with the the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for sixth place in the Western Conference.

Columbus, meanwhile, is last in the Western Conference with 58 points and suffered a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. The Blue Jackets allowed Joe Sakic to record a hat trick in the first period.

The Blue Jackets have lost four straight games and have won only twice in their last 14 contests.

Minnesota has won three in a row and seven of its last 10.

Columbus defeated Minnesota the only previous meeting this season, 2-1, on January 8 in St. Paul.

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