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Sunday, December 8th (All times Eastern)

San Jose Sharks (19-5-5) at Minnesota Wild (17-9-5), 6 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks will try to rebound after suffering consecutive regulation losses for the first time this season when they visit the Minnesota Wild for Sunday's clash at Xcel Energy Center.

After beginning their current four-game road trip with a sixth consecutive win Tuesday night in Toronto, the Sharks have lost two straight in regulation. San Jose dropped a 5-1 decision in Pittsburgh on Thursday before losing 5-3 the following night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The two-game slide is only the second losing streak of the season for the Sharks, who went 0-1-4 during a five-game slide from Oct. 30-Nov. 10. Despite going its last two games without a point, San Jose is only two behind Anaheim for the Pacific Division lead. The Sharks hold three games in hand over the Ducks, who are idle on Sunday.

The Sharks went ahead 2-0 in the first period of Friday's tilt in Raleigh, but Carolina scored the game's next three goals to grab a 3-2 edge by the early stages of the third stanza.

Justin Braun would knot the test for San Jose at 3-3 with 10:25 left in the third before Elias Lindholm recorded the game-winner for Carolina with six minutes remaining. Eric Staal added an empty-net tally in the final minute to seal the win for the Hurricanes.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tommy Wingels joined Braun as the goal-scorers for San Jose on Friday. Alex Stalock turned aside 30 shots in a losing effort between the pipes.

"I don't think we're playing with the energy we played with earlier in the year," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.

Joe Thornton recorded an assist in Friday's loss to extend his point streak to eight games. San Jose's captain has three goals and seven assists during the run.

The Sharks are 9-4-3 as the visiting team this season and have lost three of their last four games on the road. San Jose will begin a brief two-game homestand when it hosts the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

The Wild will try to rebound from their fifth loss in seven games when they host San Jose on Sunday. Minnesota had won two straight at home before getting dealt a 4-0 loss Friday night at Columbus.

The setback dropped the Wild's road record this season to 5-6-3, but Minnesota is sporting a solid 12-3-2 mark on home ice. However, after Sunday's home tilt, the Wild will play three straight and seven of their next eight games on the road.

Minnesota was shut out for just the second time this season in Friday's loss to the Blue Jackets. Curtis McElhinney posted 20 saves to record the 4-0 shutout for Columbus.

Niklas Backstrom gave up all four goals on 41 shots for the Wild, who went 0- for-4 on the power play.

"They had a lot of jump on us and we played into their game, turned the puck over way too much," said Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo. "We just didn't have any jump."

San Jose has won two straight against the Wild and is 5-3-1 over the last nine meetings in this series. Minnesota has taken five straight encounters as the host.

Antti Niemi expects to get the start for San Jose on Sunday and is 6-3-3 with a 2.34 goals against average in 12 career games against the Wild.

Backstrom is 6-12-3 with a 3.07 GAA in 21 career outings against the Sharks, while fellow Wild goaltender Josh Harding is 1-1-0 with a 4.76 GAA in this matchup.

12/08 10:47:58 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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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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