Game Day: Calgary at Wild

  • Updated: March 22, 2012 - 1:01 AM

Preview: The Wild ended a five-game home losing streak with a 2-0 victory over division-leading Vancouver on Monday. This is a huge game for Calgary, which beat the Wild 4-3 in St. Paul last week. The Flames sit in 11th place in the Western Conference -- two points behind eighth-place, red-hot Los Angeles.

Players to watch: Wild C Mikko Koivu will return from a shoulder injury. He has missed 15 consecutive games and 27 overall this season. LW Dany Heatley, the Wild's leading scorer with 20 goals and 46 points, has one goal in the past 16 games and no points in the past eight. G Josh Harding, coming off a 33-save shutout, is expected to start. Jarome Iginla is the all-time leading scorer against Minnesota with 35 goals, 64 points and 10 game-winning goals in 66 games.

Numbers: The Wild will surpass the 9 million mark in all-time attendance. ... The Wild is 23-12-4 when not allowing a power-play goal and 7-20-6 when allowing at least one.

Injuries: Wild D Justin Falk (knee), D Mike Lundin (hernia), LW/RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion) and LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) are out. Flames F Blair Jones (ankle), F Mikael Backlund (arm) and F Michael Cammalleri (upper body) are out.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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