Matt Foy and Aaron Voros filled in well for Minnesota's missing offensive threats.
Foy scored for the first time in more than two years, Voros and Brent Burns added goals for the second time in two games, and the Wild beat the visiting Colorado Avalanche, 4-1, last night.
Stephane Veilleux also scored for Minnesota, which won for the fourth time in 12 games and moved past the Avalanche atop the Northwest Division. The Wild did it without injured forwards Pavol Demitra and Mikko Koivu.
James Sheppard, who centered a line with Foy and Voros in the Wild's makeshift lineup, had two assists for his first career multipoint game.
The fourth-line trio logged the three lowest ice-time totals for the Wild, combining for just 23 minutes 26 seconds of action.
"We're just three young guys out there crashing and banging and trying to put pucks in the net," Foy said. "Aaron provides some size and Sheppard provides the skills and the smarts on the line. All three of us just clicked well."
Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado, which has been outscored, 10-2, in losing two straight after going 7-1-1 in its previous nine games.
"The last two games, from our side, are probably the worst two games of the year. I don't have an explanation for it," he said.
The Wild came off a 1-3 road trip against division foes during which they were outscored, 15-8. Demitra missed his fifth straight game with a groin injury, and Koivu, the team's second-leading scorer, sat out because of a cracked bone in his left leg after being slashed by Vancouver's Mattias Ohlund Friday.
Red Wings 5, Blue Jackets 4 - Johan Franzen scored the winning shootout goal in the fifth round of the tiebreaker and Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory at Columbus.
Detroit's Chris Osgood stopped Sergei Fedorov to keep the Red Wings in the game and gloved David Vyborny's shot to end it.
Nicklas Lidstrom had a goal and two assists for the Red Wings, who rallied late to tie it. Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist, and Brett Lebda also scored. Brian Rafalski added two assists for the Red Wings, who improved to 7-3-1 on the road.
Canucks 4, Flames 1 - Markus Naslund and Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist, and Roberto Luongo made 29 saves to lift host Vancouver over Calgary.
Willie Mitchell and Brad Isbister each scored his first goal of the season, and Daniel Sedin added two assists as the Canucks overcame Ohlund's suspension to win for the fifth time in six games.