The last time the Wild ventured west for a road trip, the team took off – winning five out of seven away from Xcel Energy Center.

And the Wild will try to rediscover that recipe for success Tuesday to nix a three-game slide when it visits the Canucks in Vancouver for the start of a three-game tour of Canada.



“We got into just playing the right way, and we played the right way,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Even the game in Vancouver that started it, I thought we played a really good game for the most part. Once you got on a roll and you believed you were going to win, things started happening. So hopefully that’ll happen again.”

A stop in Vancouver started that five-in-seven run, one of just two losses in that span. The Canucks upended the Wild 5-2, and the team is expecting the encore to be just as challenging.

“We’re in a spot we don’t want to be,” said captain Mikko Koivu, referring to the team’s season-long losing streak. “We want to get out of it as soon as possible. Tonight’s a good chance to do it. We also know they’re healthier than they were when we last played them. I think they’re playing good hockey. They’re tough to beat, especially in this building. So we gotta be ready for a hard hockey game.”

While that trip was a fruitful one for the Wild, the road hasn’t been as successful of a backdrop of late.

Since that 5-2 showing, the Wild has dropped two straight as the visitor.

But when the team left the Twin Cities for an extended period, it found a groove that keyed one of its most productive stretch of the season.

“It’s a good opportunity,” Koivu said of the week. “But it shouldn’t matter if you’re at home or on the road. You should be ready for each one.”

Projected lineup:

Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle

Jason Zucker-Eric Staal-Mikael Granlund

Jordan Greenway-Joel Eriksson Ek-Nino Niederreiter

Marcus Foligno-Eric Fehr-Matt Hendricks

Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin-Matt Dumba

Nick Seeler-Greg Pateryn

Devan Dubnyk

Key numbers:

6-6: The Wild’s record on the road this season.

12: Points on the road for wingers Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise.

4: Goals for center Eric Staal in his last five games.

9: Losses for Vancouver in its past 11 games.

6: Home wins for the Canucks this season.

About the Canucks:

After a steady start, the Canucks have slid down the standings to sit 11-15-3. They’re coming off a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars Saturday, the team’s third straight defeat. Rookie Elias Pettersson, however has been a bright spot for the organization. He leads all rookies in goals (13), points (22), power-play points (8) and shooting percentage for a minimum of 10 games played (26.5). Center Bo Horvat ranks second in the NHL in faceoff wins (404).

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