The Minnesota Wild have finally been playing better hockey on the road, and a visit to the NHL's worst team could help extend that trend.
The return of their captain figures to provide an even bigger boost.
Mikko Koivu may be back in the lineup Tuesday night as Minnesota looks for a third straight win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Wild's promising start looked like it might be going to waste during an 11-game road skid, but Minnesota (25-19-8) managed to snap that slide Jan. 24 with a 3-2 win at Colorado.
The current trip began with another win in Denver, and the Wild felt they may have deserved another victory Saturday in Dallas, although they lost 2-1 in a shootout.
Minnesota, which remains eighth in the Western Conference, outshot the Stars 10-4 in the third period, when Kyle Brodziak scored the tying goal.
"You wish that you got the second point, but there was very little disappointment on our side after that game," coach Mike Yeo said. "If anything, you should feel ...