Wild look to improve on dismal road record

4:53 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild stay in the Northwest Division for the next three games, but they will have to find a way to play better on the road.

The Wild are 1-4-1 away from the Xcel Energy Center this season. It's something players are fully aware of.

"We have to do a better job of establishing ourselves as a good team on the road," forward Zach Parise said. "That's one thing we've been missing. Hopefully that can start on this trip."

The Wild will square off against Edmonton on Thursday and Calgary on Saturday.

"It's a huge road trip for us, a couple of divisional games. It's going to be the first time we've seen Edmonton this year," said forward Kyle Brodziak. "We know what they bring. They are a young energetic team with a lot of skill."

Both teams are behind the Wild in the division standings. Minnesota is in second place behind Vancouver. Edmonton is just a point behind Minnesota while Calgary sits three points back.

Meanwhile, the Wild are bunched up in the conference standings. Factor in a shortened season and guys like Parise know what has to happen.

"I think we need to find a little more consistency," Parise said. "We gotta get away from the win one, lose one, win two and lose two. We need to go on a little run."

The Wild are in 10th place in the Western Conference, but four points separate the Wild and third place Vancouver.

"You win a couple of games and you climb up three or four spots. That's the position we find ourselves in," said Parise.

Minnesota returns home for a rematch with the Flames on Tuesday.

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