The Minnesota Wild are off to a blistering start after 30 game road trip tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.
Minnesota leads the NHL in both points (43) and wins (20), and improved to 4-0-0 on the trek with a 4-1 pounding of Phoenix on Saturday behind a pair of goals from Kyle Brodziak. Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley also scored, while Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves for the Northwest Division-leading Wild, who have won a franchise-best seven straight as the guest and are 10-3-2 as the visitor this season.
"I think there is a lot of belief right now that we are for real," Brodziak said after the game. "We're just getting better every day and we're not where we want to be yet."
Minnesota has the best road record in the league with 22 points in 15 games. The Wild are also on their longest winning streak since ripping off a club- record nine victories in a row from March 8-24, 2007. They have won 12 of 14 games overall.
Forward Cal Clutterbuck (leg) is probable for Tuesday's game. Clutterbuck leads the Wild and ranks second in the league with 106 hits. Heatley will play in his 700th career NHL game this evening for the Wild, who will head home after tonight for two games before hitting the road again for a three-game trek.
Winnipeg hopes to get back into the win column when they open a six-game homestand Tuesday versus the Wild, Capitals, Ducks, Islanders, Canadiens and Penguins. The Jets are 9-4-0 at home this season.
The Jets had a four-game winning streak stopped with Saturday's 7-1 loss at Detroit, as Bryan Little was credited with the lone goal in defeat. Ondrej Pavelec started in net and allowed seven goals on 26 shots before getting pulled early in the third period. Chris Mason stopped all three shots he saw in relief.
"A good start to the game for sure," said Little, who extended his goal- scoring streak to three games. "I think it was all downhill from there."
Little has 10 goals on the season, all coming in his last 15 games, and is riding a six-game points streak. Winnipeg has won four in a row and seven of eight games at home and is one point behind Washington for second place in the Southeast standings.
Minnesota and Winnipeg are meeting for the only time this season.