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Sunday, March 23rd (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Wild (36-24-11) at Detroit Red Wings (33-24-13), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings are trying to scrape and claw their way to a 23rd straight trip to the postseason. Completing a home-and- home sweep Sunday against visiting Minnesota would certainly help further that quest.

The Red Wings recorded a third straight victory Saturday in St. Paul and hope to match a season-best winning streak with two more points in Sunday's rematch against the Wild at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit, which last missed the postseason in 1990, is tied with Washington for the second wild card spot in the East at 79 points apiece. The Red Wings hold the current tiebreaker with two games in hand over the Capitals, who are idle on Sunday.

Columbus, meanwhile, is only one point behind the Red Wings and plays Sunday against the New York Islanders.

The Red Wings recorded a 3-2 win at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, as Gustav Nyquist notched the game-winner early in the third period. Brendan Smith and David Legwand also tallied, while Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots for the Red Wings, who last won four in a row from Nov. 24-Dec. 1.

With Detroit battling a long list of injuries, including ones to key forwards, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, the Red Wings are counting on contributions from new sources.

"The young guys are playing and they are starting to believe in themselves more," noted Howard. "It's a fun time of year because they're showing what they have and the future looks bright."

The setback was the second in a row and seventh in nine games for Minnesota. Despite suffering through a 2-3-4 stretch, the Wild still hold a four-point lead over Phoenix for the first of two wild card spots in the Western Conference.

Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle supplied the offense on Saturday for the Wild. Darcy Kuemper took the loss despite making 27 saves.

Minnesota has struggled to kill of penalties recently and allowed the Red Wings to convert on both of their power-play opportunities on Saturday.

"This little stretch here, where we haven't been winning games, I think our penalty kill is at 68 percent," Wild head coach Mike Yeo said. "It's going to be tough. When you're losing one-goal games and your penalty kill is 68 percent, obviously, you have to figure that out."

The Red Wings halted a two-game slide in the series with Minnesota and have now won three of the last five encounters. The Wild have lost three of five and seven of 10 in the Motor City.

Detroit is 15-11-9 as the host this season and the Wild are just 13-16-6 away from St. Paul.

03/23 11:13:20 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd Intermission
CAR 2
TOR 1
 
1st
DUKE 26
UCONN 21
 
2nd
CHI 36
NYK 28
 
1st
HOU 10
NOP 10
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
2nd
UVA 70
CLST 49
 
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
2nd
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
2nd
SFLA 59
SHU 81
 
2nd
RICH 64
SALA 52
 
2nd
CAN 43
USB 45
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
 
2nd
WCU 56
WRST 68
 
2nd
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
2nd
SDKST 42
IDST 39
 
2nd
RIDE 37
MRGST 28
 
2nd
LATU 57
NICST 38
 
1st
CHAR 27
APP 32
 
1st
MISS 28
CCAR 41
 
1st
DUKE 26
UCONN 21
 
1st
BRAD 44
EUREK 23
 
Half
PEAY 35
OAKC 16
 
1st
JST 30
SMISS 13
 
1st
SD 7
MNTST 13
 
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UAB
LSU
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EVAN
OHIO
 
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CSFU
CSDH
 
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ORST
DEP
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PAC
NEV
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USF
PORST
 
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IDAHO
WALLA
 
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UTST
CALST
 
2nd Intermission
PIT 0
COL 0
 
2nd Intermission
PHI 1
FLA 1
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 2
TOR 1
 
2nd Intermission
CLB 2
WAS 2
 
1st Intermission
MON 0
ANA 1
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
EDM
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LOS
STL
1st
JAC 0
TEN 7