Wild hope to find consistency at home

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Columbus (8-7-2) at Minnesota (9-4-1) 8:00 p.m. EST

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Wild have

struggled to find consistency over their last six games. They

hope a return home will solve that problem.

The Wild look to earn back-to-back wins for the first time in

November when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Minnesota has alternated wins and losses over its last six games

and is coming off a 4-0 blanking of the Phoenix Coyotes on

Thursday - five days after enduring a shutout of its own against

the Vancouver Canucks.

Nicklas Backstrom stopped the 24 shots he faced against the

Coyotes, improving to 4-0-1 with a 2.00 goals-against average at

Xcel Energy Center, where the Wild are 4-1-1.

Minnesota should continue its impressive play at home against

the Blue Jackets, who are 1-8-1 in their last 10 road games

against the Wild.

However, Columbus has won four of its last five, including a 6-1

victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. R.J. Umberger

scored twice and rookie Derick Brassard extended his

goal-scoring streak to three games, supporting goalie Pascal

Leclaire in his return to the crease.

Leclaire made 36 saves in his first appearance since October 25

due to a sprained ankle. With the win, the 26-year-old

netminder improved to 4-3-0 with a 3.08 GAA.

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