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Minnesota Wild take advantage of struggling Detroit Red Wings, 4-2

The Minnesota Wild's Jordan Greenway, left, checks the Detroit Red Wings' Robby Fabbri in the first period Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn. (AP photo)

By BRIAN HALL
Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. — With their chances of a playoff appearance slipping by the day, the Minnesota Wild returned home for a stretch of games before the All-Star break knowing there was little room for error.
They have taken advantage of the homestand and head into the break believing they are ready to make a push to the postseason.
Eric Staal and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and assist, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots as the Wild beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Jordan Greenway and Jason Zucker also scored for Minnesota, which enters the All-Star break with three wins in four games.
Detroit’s Filip Zadina was credited with two goals, his first NHL multi-goal game, but both came on deflections off a Wild player.
Jimmy Howard had 29 saves for the Red Wings, who will head into their break having lost six in a row overall and eight straight on the road.
“I didn’t have that concern because I can’t imagine how, I can’t even fathom how that could be possible with where we’re at and the number of games that we’ve won,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said of his team possibly looking ahead.