The Minnesota Wild finally found a way to win on the road. Now they hope to get back on track at home.
Minnesota looks build on its three-game winning streak and avoid a third straight home loss when it faces the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
With a 17-4-2 record at the Xcel Energy Center, the Wild have the second-most home wins in the league behind Calgary (18). However, Minnesota (24-19-3) has lost its last two home games since winning eight straight.
The Wild have not lost more than two consecutive contests at home since dropping three in a row from Jan. 9-14, 2006.
Minnesota comes into this matchup after winning the final three contests on a four-game road trip. A 3-0 defeat at Calgary in the opener had extended the Wild’s club-record road losing streak to 11 games.
A 5-2 victory at Vancouver two nights later finally ended the skid, and the Wild’s confidence didn’t waver as they went on to win 4-2 at Edmonton on Friday and 4-3 in a shootout at Chicago on Sunday.
“I think the game in Vancouver was huge,” said Minnesota’s Wes Walz, who scored the tying goal in the third period of Sunday’s victory. “After we got that win, there was such a relief around our room to get the monkey off our back.
“I squeeze my stick all the time, but even our skilled guys were squeezing their sticks. Getting that win, guys starting playing more loose and more relaxed.”
Goaltender Manny Fernandez made 38 saves before stopping all three shots he faced in the shootout.
“He’s the reason why we won,” Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire told the team’s official Web site. “We played poorly at a certain time in our end. He had to come up big, and that’s the reason we won.”
Fernandez has not given up more than three goals in eight straight starts, going 6-1-1.
He made 32 saves in Friday’s victory at Edmonton (21-20-4) and the Wild got two goals from Marian Gaborik, who has scored five in the last three games.
Minnesota has won seven of the last nine meetings.
The Oilers have lost four of six overall, including a 3-1 defeat at Calgary on Saturday. Edmonton allowed the Flames to score the go-ahead goal on the power play with 8:31 left in the third period.
“We’ve got to kill that off,” Oilers center Jarret Stoll said. “That’s a kill that makes you win hockey games and we didn’t get it. That’s the ball game right there.”
It was only the second power-play goal Edmonton has allowed in 23 short-handed situations over the past five games. The Oilers killed off all eight of Minnesota’s power plays in Friday’s game.
Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson has lost four of six starts against the Wild with a 2.15 goals-against average since they traded him to Edmonton midway through last season.