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Wild-Calgary gameday preview

  • March 3, 2014 - 1:30 AM

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7 P.M. VS. CALGARY XCEL energy ctr. • FSN, 100.3-FM

Preview: The Wild, 13-4-2 in 2014 and 8-2-2 in its past 12 games, has won four in a row overall and five in a row at home. This is the Wild’s final game before Wednesday’s 2 p.m. trade deadline. Its next game isn’t until Saturday in Dallas. This is the third and final meeting between the Wild and Flames. The Wild won 5-1 at home Nov. 5 and lost 4-3 in overtime at Calgary on Feb. 1. The Flames are coming off an overtime win at Edmonton on Saturday.

Players to watch: Wild G Darcy Kuemper is 10-2-2 since Jan. 7 with a 1.94 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. LW Zach Parise has scored 11 of his 20 goals on the power play. He is tied for third in the NHL in power-play goals. LW Dany Heatley has three goals and three assists in his past six games and 18 points in 27 games against the Flames. Flames F Mike Cammalleri, on the trading block, has 16 points in 28 games against the Wild. C Sean Monahan is second among NHL rookies with 18 goals.

Numbers: Since Jan. 2, the Wild’s .737 points percentage (13-4-2) is first in the NHL and its goals against (2.05) is tied for first. … The Wild hasn’t given up a power-play goal in the past six games and eight of the past nine. … The Wild is 19-12-7 all-time at home against Calgary.

Injuries: Wild C Mikko Koivu (ankle) and D Marco Scandella (knee) may return; F Jason Zucker (leg) is out. Flames RW Kevin Westgarth (concussion), LW Curtis Glencross (ankle), RW Brian McGrattan (upper body) and G Karri Ramo (knee) are out.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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