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Sliding Wild hope to continue success against Jets

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Wild hope to avoid a winless four-game road trip on Friday night as they try to beat the Winnipeg Jets for the fourth time in as many meetings this season.

The Wild have been outscored 13-4 over the first three games of their trip, including 4-1 losses on consecutive nights to the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

Mikael Granlund had Minnesota's lone goal on Monday in Philadelphia and Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves as the Wild lost for the fifth time in their past seven games.

Minnesota has notched just 12 non-shootout goals in its last nine contests.

"I'm not going to paint a rosy picture about the last two games. I'm not going to make any excuses," said Wild head coach Mike Yeo. "Flat out, we need to be better. It's every one of us, and the blame starts with me. This is not us, what we're capable of doing."

Yeo's club was without forward Zach Parise on Monday as he was a late scratch due to a lower-body injury. Parise has 15 goals and 27 points in 37 games this season and his status for this game is unknown.

It is also unknown when Josh Harding will make his next start in net for the Wild. He is expected to rejoin the club on Friday after going on injured reserve while altering the treatment of his multiple sclerosis.

Harding, who has not played since Dec. 17, is an excellent 18-5-3 with a 1.51 goals against average and .939 save percentage on the season. He has won both of his career starts versus the Jets, giving up two goals on 37 shots.

Backstrom is 2-3-2 lifetime against the Winnipeg franchise with a 2.64 GAA.

The Wild have won all three of their previous meetings this season with the Jets, including a 3-2 shootout triumph in Winnipeg on Nov. 23.

The two clubs meet for the final time this season on April 7 in Winnipeg.

The Jets have lost two straight and six of their past eight, dropping a 6-2 decision in Edmonton on Monday. Mark Stuart and Andrew Ladd scored for the Jets, but the Oilers snapped a 2-2 tie late in the second period before putting the game away with three third-period goals.

Ondrej Pavelec made 24 saves in defeat.

"We didn't play very intelligent. We didn't play the right way," Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel said. "We got pretty much what we deserved playing that way."

Defenseman Grant Clitsome has missed the Jets' last two games due to illness and was placed on injured reserve Thursday for undisclosed reasons. The 28- year-old has two goals and 10 assists in 32 games this season.

Blueliner Julian Melchiori was recalled from St. John's of the American Hockey League to replace Clitsome on the roster.

Pavelec is 2-2-1 with a 1.58 GAA in his career versus the Wild.

12/27 10:56:57 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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