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Gameday preview: Wild at Calgary

  • January 31, 2014 - 11:51 PM

Wild Gameday

9 P.M. at CALGARY • SADDLEDOME • FSN, 100.3-FM

Preview: The Wild ended a 9-4-1 January with a 5-4 loss Thursday at Colorado. The Wild is 1-1-1 on its four-game trip. … The Flames have won a season-high four in a row, all on home ice. The Wild is 8-4 in its past 12 at Calgary after a 3-18-4 run there.

Players to watch: Wild LW Zach Parise, named captain of the U.S. Olympic team Friday, has three goals and four assists in the past two games. C Mikael Granlund has seven points during a four-game point streak, and RW Jason Pominville has three goals and six points during a four-game point streak. C Kyle Brodziak is minus-7 the past four games. Flames LW Michael Cammalleri, likely trade bait before the March 5 deadline, is expected to return from a concussion. C Sean Monahan is tied for 11th among rookies with 22 points. C Jiri Hudler leads with 42 points.

Numbers: The Flames rank 28th in the NHL in goals per game (2.30), 28th in shots per game (26.7) and 28th in goals against per game (3.09). … Calgary’s power play ranks 25th (14.6 percent).

Injuries: Wild D Jared Spurgeon (broken foot) might return. C Mikko Koivu (ankle surgery) and G Josh Harding (illness) are out. Flames LW Curtis Glencross (ankle) is out.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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