The Wild will be seeking to end a four-game slide Saturday when they host the struggling Blue Jackets.
Minnesota (35-29-7) is in 11th place in the Western Conference with 77 points while Columbus (32-28-10) is 12th with 74. The Wild are mired in a 2-6-1 slump while the Blue Jackets are 1-5-4 in their last 10.
Scoring has been a major problem for both. The Wild have produced four goals over the last four games, and were shut out twice. The Blue Jackets have totaled 22 goals in their last 10.
Minnesota will be happy to be home for four games after losing all four games on a road trip that ended with Thursday’s 3-2 loss to San Jose. The Wild went 0 for 11 on the power play on the trip.
“Eleven (games) left, gotta win as many of those 11 as we can,” coach Todd Richards said. “We’ve got a big four-game homestand going home.”
Although Havlat has not scored a goal in four straight games, that drought may seem mild for Rick Nash(notes). The Blue Jackets captain has matched the longest one of his career by not scoring in 11 straight games.
His previous 11-game drought came in his rookie season after he scored in his first career game.
“We didn’t finish,” Nash said. “We had lots of opportunities but again we didn’t bear down. It’s been tough, the goalies have been playing well, but we’ve been having chances and letting up a bit.”
The Blue Jackets went 0 for 6 on the power play, dropping to 14.4 percent for the second-worst mark in the West.
Columbus is 0 for 32 on the power play over its last 13 games against the Wild. All three matchups this season have been one-goal games, with the teams splitting the first two before the Blue Jackets won the last one in a shootout.