Maybe the 15th time will be the charm for the Minnesota Wild.
The Wild, winners of three straight games, try to achieve the first four-game winning streak in franchise history when they host the Phoenix Coyotes.
Minnesota has had 14 other three-game winning streaks in its five seasons, but has never extended the run to four.
“We can’t get overexcited about a three-game streak,” center Wes Walz said. “It seems like whenever we have a little bit of success for an extended period, we seem to fall back.”
Walz opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period of Sunday night’s 3-2 victory at Chicago. Brian Rolston added a pair of goals in the second period, snapping a personal seven-game scoring drought.
“Earlier in my career I might have panicked a little bit or started squeezing the stick,” said Rolston, who has three multi-goal games this season. “But I know if I continue to work hard, pucks will go in for you.”
Manny Fernandez made 20 saves and lowered his goals-against average to 2.02. Fernandez is the NHL’s only goaltender with 10 or more starts who has not allowed more than three goals in a game this season.
He has struggled at home against Phoenix, going 0-2-1 in four games against the Coyotes at the Xcel Energy Center.
Phoenix has won its last four visits to Minnesota. The Wild last won a home game against the Coyotes on Jan. 10, 2003.
The Coyotes opened their three-game road trip with a 4-1 loss Monday to Pacific Division-leading Dallas, just their second loss in six games.
Phoenix managed only 18 shots on goal and didn’t get a shot off in a two-man advantage in the second period.
“We didn’t take advantage of a 5-on-3 against a good team,” Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. “We have to at least get a shot on net. That was pathetic.”
The Coyotes went 0-for-5 on the power play on Monday and are scoreless in 14 opportunities with the man advantage in their last two games.