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Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

GAME: Minnesota Wild (25-27-20-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (21-42-8-4).

TIME: Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST.

The Minnesota Wild advanced to the Western Conference finals last season before getting swept by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

They can look to their performance in overtime games as one of the reasons why they won't make the playoffs this season.

Minnesota looks to snap a two-game losing streak when it visits the Columbus Blue Jackets in a matchup of last-place teams.

The Wild got back into the playoff race by going on a seven-game unbeaten run from March 4-18, but they've since lost two in a row to fall into 11th place in the West.

Minnesota had a poor showing Monday, losing 3-2 in overtime at home to Phoenix after taking a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Coyotes had been winless in their previous 15 games.

The Coyotes had been 0-8-4-3 during their slide, and 2-16-5-4 in their last 27 games. Their last win was Feb. 20 against Columbus, and their last road win was Jan. 22 at San Jose, a span of 29 games.

Minnesota fell to 0-3-20 in overtime this season. Had it picked up a few wins in those games, it might be heading to the playoffs.

"Overtime, it's not our year," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said.

Columbus ended a franchise record-tying, eight-game losing streak with a 5-4 road win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Nikolai Zherdev scored his second goal of the third period with 1:55 remaining, rallying the Blue Jackets from a two-goal deficit.

Zherdev, a 19-year-old playing his 50th NHL game after coming to Columbus from Russia amid secrecy and controversy in early December, added two assists for a career-high four points.

Zherdev has 11 points in 11 games since the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled against a claim from his former Russian club team, CSKA Moscow, that he was still under contract and obligated to serve in the military.

"Everything took off pressure from me and I can play well after that," said Zherdev, through translator, teammate, and fellow Russian Alexander Svitov of the March 4 ruling. "I was thinking too much that probably I would sit out all season, and now I can play and that's relaxing."

STANDINGS (through March 22): Wild - 73 points, 5th place, 20 PB, Northwest Division. Blue Jackets - 54 points, 5th place, 45 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Wild - Andrew Brunette, 15 goals, 30 assists and 45 points; Matt Johnson, 161 PIM. Blue Jackets - Rick Nash, 38 goals and 52 points; David Vyborny, 30 assists; Jody Shelley, 201 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 22): Wild - Power play: 12.9 percent (39 for 303), 28th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.2 percent (223 for 265), 17th. Blue Jackets - Power play: 14.8 percent (55 for 371), 23rd. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (257 for 305), 16th.

GOALTENDERS: Wild - Dwayne Roloson (16-17-11, 4 SO, 1.89 GAA); Manny Fernandez (9-13-9, 2, 2.45). Blue Jackets - Marc Denis (18-34-7, 4, 2.63); Fred Brathwaite (3-10-1, 3.35).


LAST MEETING: March 14; Wild, 3-2. At St. Paul, Minn., the Blue Jackets took a 2-0 lead at 8:50 of the second period, but Alexandre Daigle scored less than three minutes into the third and the Wild erased the deficit.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Wild - 10-14-13-1 on the road; Blue Jackets - 15-16-4-2 at home.

— Associated Press

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 24 '04 MIN 0 at CBJ 2 A. Johnson
Mar 14 '04 CBJ 2 at MIN 3 A. Daigle
Jan 31 '04 MIN 1 at CBJ 2 - OT A. Eriksson
Dec 20 '03 CBJ 2 at MIN 5 A. Zyuzin
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