7 p.m. vs. Calgary • Xcel Energy Center • FSN, 100.3-FM

Big back-to-back tests follow big loss

Preview: The Wild (22-17-3) has some ground to make up this week before its turn at the bye week. A five-goal margin loss this past Saturday leads into two back-to-backs this week, starting Tuesday against the Calgary Flames (21-16-4). Calgary and Chicago are both within a point of the Wild, who is stuck alongside Anaheim and Colorado at 47 points vying for a wild-card spot.

– Wild center Eric Staal.

Players to watch: Calgary F Johnny Gaudreau is among the top scorers in the league with 13 goals and 33 assists in 41 games this season. F Sean Monahan is also tied for first in the league with seven game-winning goals. D Mark Giordano leads the Flames with 17 points in 41 games against the Wild.

Numbers: This is the Wild’s seventh of 15 back-to-back games this season as the team travels to Chicago on Wednesday. The squad is 2-4-0 so far on both the first and second nights of such stands.

Injuries: Wild F Mikko Koivu (flu) is questionable. Calgary F Kris Versteeg (hip), F Michael Frolik (face) and F Jaromir Jagr (groin) are out.

Megan Ryan