Still benefiting from the arrival of goaltender Devan Dubnyk last month, the Minnesota Wild are in position to record their longest winning stretch of the season.
As they try for a fifth consecutive victory Saturday night, the Wild also have a chance to shut out the visiting Colorado Avalanche for a third straight time this season.
Minnesota (24-20-6) allowed 29 goals during an 0-5-1 slide that ended Jan. 15, when Dubnyk stopped 18 shots in a 7-0 win over Buffalo - one day after he was acquired from Arizona.
That began a 6-1-1 stretch in which Minnesota's allowed 11 goals and Dubnyk has gone 6-1-0 with a 1.48 goals-against average while starting every game. He recorded his third shutout with the Wild on Tuesday, making 24 saves in a 3-0 victory over Chicago.
''I know how great of a hockey team this is and eventually they were going to start playing better,'' Dubnyk said. ''I'm happy to have the opportunity to be a part of that turnaround.''
Dubnyk is likely to get the chance to help Minnesota win five straight in regulation for the first time in two seasons, although the club faces the possibility of having three goalies on the roster. Darcy Kuemper needs to be recalled from his AHL conditioning assignment by Monday at the latest, with Niklas Backstrom also holding a spot.
"We won't rush anything," coach Mike Yeo said. "Quite simply, we're on a day-to-day basis."
Kuemper made a combined 46 saves as the Wild outscored Colorado 8-0 to sweep a season-opening home-and-home series. The only other opponent Minnesota has blanked in three straight contests is Edmonton, in a stretch that spanned the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
Dubnyk went 1-2-0 with a 3.39 GAA against Colorado last season with Edmonton and Nashville.
Regardless of who is in net, Yeo wants his team to maintain the high level of intensity that's contributed to its current success.
"Quite often, without you even realizing it, your urgency level can drop, your habits can drop," he told the Wild's official website. "And next thing you know you're scrambling to get back to the level that you were at.
"For us, we don't want to make sure we only stay at the level, but push to get to an even higher level."
Including last postseason, Minnesota has won four straight against the Avalanche (22-19-11) and outscored them 13-3 during a four-game home winning streak.
Colorado's Semyon Varlamov, pulled after making 33 saves in two periods of a 5-0 loss at Minnesota on Oct. 9, has been in net for all of those games. He has posted a 3.17 GAA while losing six of seven, including playoffs, at Minnesota.
Varlamov made 26 saves but the Avalanche's 3-0-1 stretch ended with a 3-0 defeat to Detroit on Thursday. Colorado failed to convert on three power-play chances and has gone 0 for 22 with the man advantage in the last seven contests.
One point ahead of Minnesota, the Avalanche are four back of Vancouver for the final Western Conference wild-card spot.
''Those are points we needed bad,'' forward Alex Tanguay said. ''We just have to refocus and get ready for a big weekend.''
The Avalanche play at Winnipeg on Sunday.
Tanguay has a team-high 34 points but none in his last three games against the Wild.