CALGARY – After a three-day break, the Wild is back in action Saturday in Calgary against the Flames but it won’t have winger Zach Parise on the ice.
Parise is out after blocking a Jacob Trouba shot with his foot Tuesday in the 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
“Probably a better chance,” Parise suits up Sunday at home against the Predators, coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Without Parise, the Wild will usher right winger Matt Read into the lineup – his first appearance since he played five games with the team in October.
“He’s been through this before,” Boudreau said. “He’s been in this position before and as a veteran, I thought at this point of the year it’d probably be better for him to be up here than somebody else. Plus, every time we bring somebody else up it’s a left-handed guy and it means two guys play out of position. So Matt being right-handed, knowing what he has to do and being through this before, I thought was the best call.”
Before these two teams square off their third and final meeting this season, the Flames will retire former captain Jarome Iginla’s No.12.
“He did everything hard,” Boudreau said. “There’s not too many guys that could score, could skate, could fight, could lead like he did. He did it for a long time and even at the end, he was still a pretty dangerous player. When you were playing against him, you had to worry about him. This is a great night for him, and it’s well-warranted.”
Jason Zucker-Eric Staal-Jordan Greenway
Kevin Fiala-Luke Kunin-Pontus Aberg
Ryan Donato-Joel Eriksson Ek-Matt Read
Marcus Foligno-Eric Fehr-J.T. Brown
Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin-Greg Pateryn
Nick Seeler-Brad Hunt
2: Losses this season for the Wild vs. the Flames.
.923: Save percentage for goalie Devan Dubnyk in his career against Calgary.
6-2-1: Record for the Wild in its last nine road games.
6: Points for winger Ryan Donato during a career-high four-game point streak.
9: Points for winger Luke Kunin in 12 games.
About the Flames:
Calgary sits atop the Pacific Division with 41 wins and 89 points and has won seven straight. During this seven-game run, the Flames have not trailed – going 427 minutes, 24 seconds without falling behind. The team is coming off a three-game sweep on the road and hasn’t given up more than a goal in its last four games. Calgary is 24-10-3 against the Western Conference this season. Five different players (captain Mark Giordano, winger Johnny Gaudreau, winger Matthew Tkachuk, center Sean Monahan and center Elias Lindholm) have at least 60 points.