The Minnesota Wild ended their 8-game winless streak with a 4-3 home win over Edmonton Thursday night.  Niklas Backstrom improved to 16-0 against Edmonton at home in his career.  He had 27 saves.  Marek Zidlicky had 3 assists and Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley, Jordan Palmer, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard each scored a goal for the Wild.

Minnesota improves to 21-12-6 and with 48 points remains 2 point back of Vancouver for first place in the Northwest Division.  The Wild host Phoenix at 5pm Saturday, pregame on AM 1390-the Fan at 4:35.