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Wild-Calgary preview

  • April 15, 2013 - 12:20 AM

8 P.M. at CALGARY • FSN-Plus,100.3-FM

Preview: The Wild, 1-5-1 in its past six and in seventh place in the Western Conference, plays at Calgary for the final time this season. The Wild is 2-1 vs. the Flames this season. The Flames have won three of their past four games.

Players to watch: Zach Parise has no goals and three assists in April and linemate Mikko Koivu has no points at all this month. This comes after a stretch in which Koivu had points in seven consecutive games. Parise scored 27 seconds into overtime to give the Wild a 2-1 victory over Calgary on Feb. 26. Wild G Niklas Backstrom is 2-1-0 vs. Calgary this season with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage. Flames C Matt Stajan has two goals vs. the Wild this season.

Numbers: The Wild has scored eight goals and allowed 16 goals in April, going 4-for-16 on the power play. Minnesota is 6-3-0 in its past nine road games and 7-4-0 in its past 11 games in Calgary.

Injuries: Wild G Josh Harding (illness), W Dany Heatley (shoulder surgery) and C Zenon Konopka (foot) are out. C Matt Cullen (lower body) is questionable. Calgary LW/C Lance Bouma (knee surgery), C/LW Paul Byron (broken hand) and LW Alex Tanguay (knee) are out. G Mikka Kiprusoff (undisclosed), Stajan (upper body), LW Curtis Glencross (flu-like symptoms) and W Brian McGrattan (shoulder) are questionable.

KENT YOUNGBLOOD

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