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Wild looks to keep offense on track in Edmonton


Three goals? In one game?

Believe it or not, that was the tally Sunday when the Wild -- the lowest scoring team in the NHL -- beat Detroit, 3-2.

Tonight, the Wild (7-6-2) hope to keep the offense cooking as they face the Oilers in Edmonton (6-6-3), a team it has dominated the past six years.

In that span, Minnesota has compiled a 27-8-2 record over Edmonton.

After missing Sunday's game with the flu bug, both Niklas Backstrom and Pierre-Marc Bouchard will be back in the lineup.

That could be bad news for the Oilers. Backstrom won four of five games against Edmonton last year. Bouchard is also tough on the Oilers. He leads the Wild in scoring against Edmonton with 41 points.

Tonight is also the first time defenseman Tom Gilbert has been on the ice in Edmonton since the Wild acquired him at the trade deadline last year for long-time Minnesota blueliner Nick Schultz.

Star Tribune beat writer Michael Russo interviewed Schultz, who told him: "It's going to be strange seeing that jersey as the opposition."

The puck drops at 8:30 central time.

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