The Vancouver Canucks' recent struggles have allowed the Minnesota Wild to tighten the Northwest Division race.
A three-game homestand may be just what the Wild need to overtake the Canucks.
The Wild look to continue their impressive play at home Sunday night and pull even with the division-leading Canucks by sending them to their sixth loss in seven games.
Vancouver (11-6-6) has surrendered 23 goals during a 1-3-2 skid following an 8-1-2 stretch that propelled the club to the top of the Northwest.
That lead is now down to two points on charging Minnesota (12-9-2), which seems to be finally coming together after making a splash in free agency last summer, signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
The Wild have won six of nine after beating Nashville 2-1 in a shootout on the road Saturday.
"It was a positive step forward for us," said Matt Cullen, who scored the decisive goal in the tiebreaker. "We stuck with our game and continued to battle and push for 60 minutes...