Saint Paul, Minnesota; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Minnesota Wild enter a matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes as losers of three straight games.
Minnesota has a 7-7-2 record overall and a 2-5-1 record in home games. The Wild have a 2-4-1 record in games decided by a goal.
Carolina has a 10-5-1 record overall and a 6-3-1 record in road games. The Hurricanes are 5-1-0 in games they convert at least one power play.
The matchup Saturday is the third meeting between these teams this season. The Wild won 3-1 in the previous meeting. Joel Eriksson Ek led the Wild with two goals.
TOP PERFORMERS: Mats Zuccarello has six goals and 10 assists for the Wild. Kirill Kaprizov has five goals and four assists over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Wild: 4-5-1, averaging two goals, 3.3 assists, five penalties and 15 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game.
Hurricanes: 6-3-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.5 assists, 4.4 penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game.
Hurricanes: Ondrej Kase: out (concussion), Frederik Andersen: out (undisclosed), Jake Gardiner: out (hip/back), Cavan Fitzgerald: out (undisclosed), Teuvo Teravainen: out (upper body), Max Pacioretty: out (achilles).
The Associated Press