Wild still trying to end offensive funk

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Minnesota (15-12-1) at Anaheim (16-11-3), 8:00 pm EST

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Wild are known for

playing good team defense. However, they will need to score

more goals to end their current slide.

The offensively inept Wild will try to end a four-game losing

streak Sunday when they face the Anaheim Ducks.

Minnesota, which is concluding a four-game road trip, has

managed just three goals over its current losing skid. It was

no different Saturday, as the Wild's eight-game winning streak

over the Los Angeles Kings was snapped with a 3-1 setback.

Niklas Backstrom made 40 saves for Minnesota, which has dropped

four straight in regulation for first time since November 20-28,

2003. The Wild are a combined 1-for-9 on the power play during

that stretch.

"I think we only had a couple of chances to score," Minnesota

coach Jacques Lemaire said. "That's not enough, that's not good

effort. The guys practiced well and they had good energy, and

then the game comes the next day and there's nothing."

The Ducks' offense certainly does not have much to brag about

after its last performance.

Anaheim was shut out for the first time, suffering a 2-0 setback

to the San Jose Sharks. Despite the loss, the Ducks have still

won six of their last nine contests.



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