Preview: For the first time in NHL, MLB, NFL or NBA history, two teams with at least 12-game winning streaks meet. The Wild has won a franchise-record 12-game winning streak and is a franchise-best 13-0-1 in its past 14. The Blue Jackets have won a franchise-record 14-game winning streak (tied for fourth longest in NHL history) and are a franchise-best 15-0-1 in their past 16. The Wild’s 13-3 at home and can set a franchise record with a ninth consecutive home win. But the Blue Jackets, on the road, have only two regulation losses and have allowed 33 goals in 16 games.
Players to watch: Wild G Devan Dubnyk, winner of 10 straight, is 9-4-2 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .926 save percentage all-time vs. Columbus. Blue Jackets G Sergei Bobrovsky is 5-2 all-time vs. the Wild with a 1.68 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. Wild C Eric Staal has a nine-game point streak. RW Mikael Granlund leads the Wild with seven multipoint games and has 13 points in the past 11 games.Blue Jackets RW Cam Atkinson leads with 35 points and ranks first in the NHL with 17 power-play points. Forwards Brandon Saad and Sam Gagner have combined for 28 goals.
Numbers: The Wild is 7-3-3 in its past 13 games against Columbus at home. … The Wild is 12-3-1 against the East after going 13-16-3 against the conference last season. … The Blue Jackets have a league-best 28 percent power play.
Injuries: None for either team.