Minnesota (14-14-0) at Edmonton (13-17-0)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Tue Dec 30, 2003
  • TV: KMSP, SN
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The Minnesota Wild look to run their season-high unbeaten streak to nine games as they visit the struggling Edmonton Oilers.

The Wild have tied their last three games to improve to 4-0-4 over their last eight games. Minnesota’s 12 points over that span have lifted them past Edmonton and out of last place in the Northwest Division.

The Wild are in fourth place, five points ahead of the Oilers.

Minnesota kept its point streak alive Monday thanks Richard Park’s goal on a third-period penalty shot, which lifted the Wild to a 2-2 tie with the Calgary Flames.

The penalty shot was awarded when Calgary defenseman Jordan Leopold gloved a loose puck and threw it out of the crease during a goal-mouth scramble. Park scored his seventh goal of the season at 2:45, beating goalie Miikka Kiprusoff with a backhand shot.

Pascal Dupuis had the other goal for Minnesota

The Oilers have struggled to earn points, going 1-4-1 over their last six games.

Edmonton has some of the worst special-teams in the NHL. The Oilers’ power play unit is 29th in the league and their penalty-killing squad is last in the NHL.

Edmonton went 1-for-2 on the power play Sunday, but it wasn’t enough as they lost to the Calgary Flames 2-1. Mike York scored for the Oilers, who have just two wins in their last 10 games (2-5-3-0).

“We played two very mediocre periods,” York said. “I don’t know if we didn’t have our legs our what. We should’ve been ready, but that wasn’t the case.”

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