Wild-Calgary game preview
- February 10, 2013 - 9:17 PM
Preview: The Wild, which ended a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 overtime victory over Nashville on Saturday, heads to Calgary, where it has lost two in a row. This is the first meeting between the teams this season; they will see each other two more times in February. The Flames' 5-1 loss Saturday in Vancouver broke a two-game winning streak.
Players to watch: Wild C Mikko Koivu will play in his 500th career game in Calgary, two shy of Marian Gaborik for third on the team's all-time list. Koivu had the first assist on Devin Setoguchi's game-winner Saturday. G Niklas Backstrom is 6-6-0 all-time in Calgary, with a 1.98 GAA, his third-best GAA in an opposing building with at least four appearances. D Ryan Suter had two assists Saturday. Calgary LW Alex Tanguay had a seven-game points streak end Saturday. He leads the Flames with nine points. RW Lee Stempniak leads the Flames with five goals. RW Jarome Iginla has 35 goals and 64 points in his career vs. the Wild.
Numbers: Calgary is 28th in the league in goals allowed (3.44 per game). Minnesota is 27th in goals scored (2.09). Calgary has allowed a power play goal in seven of its nine games.
Injuries: Wild D Jared Spurgeon (foot) is doubtful. Calgary LW Sven Baertschi (hip flexor) and C Mikael Backlund (knee) are out. G Miikka Kiprusoff (sprained MCL) and C Mike Cammalleri (hip flexor) are questionable.
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