8 p.m. at Edmonton • FSN, 100.3-FM
Preview: The Wild opens a four-game trip leading the Western Conference with 32 victories and 69 points. The Wild’s 21-3-1 stretch began Dec. 4 with an overtime win in Edmonton. The Wild carries a franchise-record 13-game point road point streak (11-0-2) into the game. The Oilers, 0-0-2 against the Wild this season, are 7-0-1 in their past eight games and have points in 22 of their past 27. They’re tied for first in the Pacific Division. The last time they had at least a share of a division lead at the All-Star break was 1989-90.
Players to watch: G Darcy Kuemper is expected to start for Minnesota. He is 3-2-1 in his past six starts with a 3.51 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. RW Mikael Granlund has a career-best nine-game point streak — one short of the team record. He leads the Wild with 42 points and has 28 points in the past 24 games. LW Nino Niederreiter has two three-point games in his past five. LW Zach Parise has no goals and three assists in the past 10 games. RW Charlie Coyle has one goal in the past 15 games. Oilers G Cam Talbot is 14-1-4 when he stops 30-plus shots. Young stars Connor McDavid (three goals, nine points) and Leon Draisaitl (three goals, eight points) are on six-game point streaks. McDavid has 18 multipoint games.
Numbers: The Wild is 12-3-1 in the past 16 meetings with the Oilers, 12-1 in its past 13 games in Edmonton, including an active seven-game winning streak. … The Wild’s 108 points against Edmonton are its most against any franchise, and its 23 victories in Edmonton and 49 wins overall are the most against any franchise.
Injuries: Wild D Jonas Brodin (broken finger) is out. Oilers D Darnell Nurse (ankle) and RW Tyler Pitlick (knee) are out.