"We were good enough to win that hockey game," Wild head coach Mike Yeo said. "We got away from our game and didn't execute the right way a little bit in the second period and that was the difference."
The Wild are winless in their last three road games and own a 10-6-2 record away from home this season. They still lead the Northwest Division by one point over Vancouver.
Center Mikko Koivu is expected to miss tonight's game with a leg issue and hasn't played in the last three games. Koivu has eight goals and 20 assists this season and last played Dec. 14 in a 4-3 overtime loss versus Chicago. He is riding a six-game points streak (4g, 4a).
Edmonton looks to end a four-game slide tonight and has lost nine of its last 11 contests, including Monday's 3-2 home loss versus Detroit.
"We played a pretty good game," Eberle said. "We played well in the third and we just couldn't find anything around the net and obviously you let a team like that get a point shot and it seemed like they were tipping everything in sight, so yeah, it's frustrating for sure."
The Oilers are last in the Northwest Division and will begin a seven-game road trip Monday against the Canucks, Wild, Islanders, Blackhawks, Sabres, Blues and Stars. Edmonton is a solid 9-6-2 at home this season as opposed to its 5-10-1 road ledger.
Minnesota is 3-1 against the division-rival Oilers this season and has won 15 of the previous 20 meetings between the two clubs. Backstrom is 3-0-0 against the Oilers this season with a 1.24 goals-against average and .952 save percentage. The Wild are unbeaten in five straight trips to Rexall Place.