|After Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley challenged his team for not being tough enough last week, the team has picked up its play. Calgary has climbed within one point of the Wild in the standings, as only three points separate seven teams for the eight spot in the Western Conference.
Journeyman goaltender Joey MacDonald has helped keep the Flames in game. In five games since the injury to Calgary stalwart, Mikka Kiprusoff, MacDonald has goine 3-2-0 with a 2.85 goals against average and .901 save percentage.
|The Wild will recognize two high school hockey standouts. This year’s Ms. Hockey Award winner Dani Cameranesi, a senior forward on the Blake School girls’ hockey team, and the Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Sydney Rossman of Minnetonka High School, will be in attendance at tonight’s game.
The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a Mikko Koivu Player Card Magnet, the first in a set of four. Put Mikko on your fridge.
The Wild will wear its RED home sweaters.
|Ryan Suter has tallied five assists in the last seven games and is tied for first on the team with nine assists this year. He also ranks first in the NHL in time on ice per game at 27:34. That’s longer than a sitcom every time out.
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Granlund will come be in for Zenon Konopka:
Parise – Koivu – Coyle
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Heatley – Brodziak – Bouchard
Rupp – Granlund – Mitchell
Justin Falk will return to the blue line for Nate Prosser:
Suter – Brodin
Gilbert – Stoner
Falk – Spurgeon
Niklas Backstrom will get the nod and is 3-1-1 in his last five starts with a 1.53 GAA and a .941 SV%. He is 14-10-5 with a 1.88 GAA and a .933 SV% in his career against Calgary–second-lowest GAA against any Western Conference team.
|We have to try something different. It's time to try some personnel changes.
- Yeo on the team's power play.
|Defenseman Nate Prosser and forward Zenon Konopka will be tonight’s healthy scratches.
Clutterbuck is on Injured Reserve, as is Josh Harding as he deals with multiple sclerosis.
|RW Tim Jackman played at Park Center High School and spent two seasons at Minnesota State University, Mankato (2000-02).||The Wild has been shorthanded just 53 times this season–the fewest in the NHL. Minnesota’s penalty kill ranks sixth in the NHL at 84.9%, and the Wild is 7-2-1 when not allowing a PPG.|
|Wild vs. Flames will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North with a start time at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.
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