Wild look to return to winning ways vs. Blue Jackets

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Columbus (3-4-0) at Minnesota (4-0-1) 8:00 p.m. EDT

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Over the first five games of

this young season, the special teams of the Minnesota Wild have

been just that.

The Wild will rely on those units to bounce back from their

first loss of the season when they host the Columbus Blue

Jackets on Saturday.

Minnesota is one of two teams that has yet to allow a goal while

a man down this season, successfully killing all 17 of their

shorthanded situations. The Los Angeles Kings also are perfect

on the penalty kill.

On the other hand, the Wild have taken advantage of their

power-play chances. They are 7-for-24 with the man advantage,

which is good for third in the NHL at 29.2 percent.

In a battle of teams without a regulation loss, the Wild

surrendered a late two-goal lead to the Buffalo Sabres on

Thursday before falling, 4-3, in overtime.

The Blue Jackets have struggled to keep the puck out of their

net, ranking 27th in goals allowed with a 3.71 average.

Columbus is coming off a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on

Friday. Pascal Leclaire had his record drop to 3-3-0 as he was

burned by former teammate Nikolai Zherdev, who recorded a goal

and two assists.

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