Wild-Hurricanes Preview

The Associated Press

While Minnesota has shined at home, coach Mike Yeo's team hasn't been nearly as successful on the road - and the Wild have never won in Raleigh.

Minnesota goes for its first road win in six tries against the Carolina Hurricanes, who aim for a third consecutive victory Saturday night.

The Wild have jumped out to a 7-1-2 start on their own ice but have averaged 2.0 goals in going 2-3-2 as the visiting team. Minnesota (9-4-4) saw its road woes continue Thursday in a 3-2 shootout loss to Washington.

Charlie Coyle and fellow center Mikael Granlund scored before Josh Harding, leading the NHL with a 1.16 goals-against average, surrendered the tying goal with 3:08 left in regulation.

"The result wasn't there because they got that one late," forward Matt Cooke said. "It's frustrating. You go out and do your part and guys are blocking shots and guys are taking hits to make plays, and the result's not there. At the end of the day, it's about wins and losses."

It may not get any easier against Carolina (6-7-3), which has limited Minnesota to seven goals in taking all five home matchups. The Wild, though, won 3-1 on Oct. 24 after Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward exited 4:07 into the game with a lower-body injury.

That was the first of five straight losses for the Hurricanes, but they have since gotten on track behind Justin Peters' impressive play. After making 28 saves in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over Philadelphia, Peters stopped 21 shots to beat the New York Islanders 1-0 on Thursday.

"He's given us an opportunity to win these last two games," coach Kirk Muller said. "He's done his job. We'd like to say we're going to score more than one or two goals, but you know what, there's nights you don't have to. He's given us a confidence that we can just go out and play our game ... and play it the way we want to play it."

Thursday marked Peters' third career shutout and first since winning 4-0 at Washington on March 12.

"I want to create confidence in the team. I have confidence in them, and I'm just trying to build that confidence," said Peters, who is 2-5-0 with a 2.61 GAA. "Every day, we become more confident in each other because we trust each other, because we're playing the right way. When we play the right way ... that's when we get rewarded."

While the Hurricanes lead the NHL with 10.25 takeaways per game, their average of 1.88 goals ranks near the bottom. Captain Eric Staal has been limited to one assist during a six-game stretch and Alexander Semin has no points in four games this month.

Carolina has had an especially rough time on the power play, going 2 for its last 21.

The Wild have gone 16 for 63 with the man advantage to post one of the league's best percentages (25.4). Leading the team with 15 points, Zach Parise already has five power-play goals after posting seven in each of the last two seasons.

Parise scored against the Hurricanes last month to give him nine goals and four assists in his last 12 matchups.

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