Edmonton Oilers @ Minnesota Wild Preview: 12th Straight Home Win Tonight?

Nick MaxsonCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 16:  Guillaume Latendresse #48 of the Minnesota Wild celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a second period goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 16, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Minnesota will look for its 12th straight home win against Edmonton tonight in a crucial start to a five-game homestand for the Wild.

Despite an earlier report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Wade Dubielewicz would get the start tonight and a call up for Anton Khudobin from Houston, the Wild have announced that its not apparent Josh Harding will be the starter.

Despite a 13-game skid, the Oilers have now won two straight games, including a shutout of Philadelphia last night at home.

The key to tonight's game for Minnesota will be to score first.  Edmonton has surrendered the lead in 30 games this season, going 6-24-2 in that stretch.

Edmonton is 0-5 this season on the second game of a back-to-back series.

The hot player to watch as mentioned by Minnesota is Andrew Brunette, who has seven points in the last seven games (2 goals, 5 assists).

John Scott will the healthy scratch tonight.

On the Injured list is Niklas Backstrom (ill), Derek Boogaard (hamstring), Clayton Stoner (knee) Pierre Marc-Bouchard (concussion) and Chuck Kobasew (knee).