The Minnesota Wild (30-20-6) were beat by the visiting Washington Capitals (33-17-7) 5-2 Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Wild retain their slim hold on the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

The loss also ended Minnesota's 13-game home points streak.


Scoring for Minnesota came from Nino Niederreiter (15) and Eric Staal (26). The Caps out-shot Minnesota 34-27.

Western Conference Wild Card Standings

The Wild host the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow afternoon in St. Paul. The puck drops at 1 PM CT (TV: Fox Sports North Plus, Radio: 1240 WJON).

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