Preview: The Wild, 7-3 in its past 10 in Calgary after starting 3-18-4 there, is coming off its first regulation road victory since last February and is 4-1-1 in its past six overall. This is the first of a home-and-home set finishing in Minnesota on Tuesday. The Wild beat the Flames in Calgary 2-1 in a shootout Monday. The Flames have dropped three of their past four.
Players to watch: Since Jan. 27, C Matt Cullen, coming off a two-goal, three-point performance in Thursday's 3-1 victory at Edmonton, leads the Wild with nine points. Cullen is two goals from becoming the 37th American-born NHL player to score 200. G Niklas Backstrom is 3-0-1 in his past four starts with a 1.42 goals-against average. D Ryan Suter has five assists and is plus-3 in his past six games. He leads the league in ice time per game (27:38). Flames RW Jarome Iginla is the all-time leading scorer against the Wild with 35 goals and 64 points in 68 games.
Numbers: Backstrom is 14-9-5 with a 1.88 goals-against average against Calgary -- his second-lowest GAA against any Western Conference team. Backstrom is 6-1 with a 0.90 goals-against average and .972 save percentage with three shutouts at the Saddledome. ... The Wild is 3-for-32 on the power play (9.4 percent) over the past 11 games.
Injuries: Wild RW Cal Clutterbuck (thigh contusion) and G Josh Harding (symptoms related to multiple sclerosis) are out. Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff (knee) and C Mikael Backlund (knee) are out.
|Miami - LP: M. Dunn||1||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter||3|
|Arizona - WP: T. Cahill||7||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop||5|
|San Francisco - WP: J. Machi||12||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: C. Bettis||10|
|Texas - WP: M. Perez||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: S. Gray||0|
|Houston - LP: J. Fields||3||FINAL|
|Seattle - WP: F. Rodney||5|
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||5||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton||2|
|LA Angels - LP: E. Frieri||4||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: D. Storen||5|
|Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera||3||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: B. Shaw||5|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||10||FINAL|
|Toronto - LP: T. Redmond||8|
|Chicago WSox - WP: A. Rienzo||6||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: E. Reed||4|
|St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha||2||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. Niese||3|
|Minnesota||4||Bottom 9th Inning|
|NY Yankees - LP: M. Pineda||1||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Lackey||5|
|San Diego||2||Top 9th Inning|
|Philadelphia||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Portland||46||2nd Qtr 2:42|
|Anaheim||2||3rd Prd 2:18|
|St. Louis||0||2nd Prd|
|Red Bull New York||4|
Poll: Should Wild's Matt Cooke be suspended for his Game 3 kneeing hit?