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Wild look to bounce back vs. Blues

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St. Louis (7-8-2) at Minnesota (11-5-1) 8:00 p.m. EST

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Wild have not lost

back-to-back home games. They will look to keep that record

intact when they host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Captain Mikko Koivu scored two goals for Minnesota for the first

time since November 13, 2007 on Thursday, but that was all the

offense the team could come up with as they suffered a 3-2 loss

to the Vancouver Canucks that snapped a three-game winning


The loss dropped the Wild to 5-2-1 at Xcel Energy Center, but

was only their second setback in the last six games overall.

Minnesota has not lost consecutive games in regulation at home

since November 21 and 23, 2007.

Niklas Backstrom, who allowed three goals on Thursday after

surrendering only three tallies during the win streak, has been

a huge part of that success. The Wild goaltender is 11-1-3 with

a 1.53 goals-against average in his last 15 regular-season home


The Blues claimed a 3-2 overtime victory against the Anaheim

Ducks on Friday, earning their second win in three games after

posting an 0-5-1 record during their previous six contests.

Lee Stempniak scored 2:39 into overtime as St. Louis overcame a

game-tying goal with one second left in the third period by the


Trailing 2-1, Anaheim forced the extra session when Scott

Niedermayer capitalized during a 6-on-4 advantage. Corey Perry

was pushed on top of goaltender Manny Legace, who briefly was

immobilized as Niedermayer collected the puck in a crowd and

slid a backhander into the open net.