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The Associated Press

Though the Anaheim Ducks have gone undefeated at home for more than a month, they've struggled on the road of late.

The Minnesota Wild's recent home play is a big reason for their surge to the top of the Northwest Division.

Riding a seven-game point streak, the Ducks look to avoid a fourth straight road defeat while trying to keep the Wild from a fifth consecutive home win Tuesday night.

Anaheim (18-3-3) overcame a pair of one-goal deficits to run its home winning streak to 11 with a 4-2 victory over St. Louis on Sunday. Six points behind suddenly slumping Chicago in the Western Conference, the Ducks are 5-0-2 since a 5-2 loss at Los Angeles on Feb. 25.

"We're going out every night and playing the same type of hockey, whether we're on the road or at home,'' said center Ryan Getzlaf, who has three goals and six assists in four games. "We're just trying to stay consistent throughout the whole season.''

The Ducks, though, have been consistent for at least one wrong reason during their 0-1-2 road stretch, allowing five goals in each game. Anaheim did manage a point apiece in the last two of those - both against Phoenix - and will try to carry over its home success by opening a three-game trip with a fourth consecutive victory.

"We've played in all different situations throughout the year," Getzlaf told the Ducks' official website. "We've played with leads, we've played from behind. We've won close games and other games. When you're playing well, you try to stick with that confidence that you have the ability to do it. Stick with your system that works. And that's what good teams do.

"The game is three periods long and whenever you win it, you win it."

Anaheim has won both previous 2013 meetings with the Wild - at home - and three straight overall in the series. The Ducks have posted two straight one-goal victories at Minnesota, but the Wild (13-9-2) are 5-0-1 in their last six at home.

Zach Parise had two goals and an assist in a 4-2 home win over Vancouver on Sunday that moved the Wild into a first-place tie with the Canucks, losers of four in a row. Minnesota is third in the West with one more non-shootout victory than Vancouver.

"We're only halfway through, but I think it shows the way we've been playing a lot better lately and with a little more consistency,'' Parise said. "Season doesn't end today, playoffs don't start tomorrow, but just for us to get up top ... now we've got to respond and try to stay up there.''

Parise has three goals in two games overall and four goals with three assists in the last five at home. However, he's gone without a goal in four straight against the Ducks and failed to record a point in the two this season.

The Wild have faced Anaheim's Jonas Hiller and rookie Viktor Fasth in 2013, and they've combined to stop 57 of 60 shots in the two meetings.

Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom has a 1.74 goals-against average during a 4-0-1 home stretch.

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