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GAMEDAY: Wild at Flames

Monday, 04.15.2013 / 3:54 PM

Minnesota Wild (22-16-3: 47 points, T-7th in Western Conference, 2nd in Northwest Division) vs. Calgary Flames (16-21-4 36 points, 14th in Western Conference, 4th in Northwest Division)
The Wild will get a key piece back in the lineup as it skates against the Calgary Flames tonight.

Matt Cullen, who has missed the last six games with a lower-body injury, is expected to rejoin the Wild lineup. The forward suffered the injury on April 1 against the Blues. Cullen was a major piece to the Wild’s success in March, as he anchored the second line. The Wild hopes to return to last month’s form with the return of the veteran center. He'll center a line with Devin Setoguchi and Jason Zucker. Mikael Granlund will come out of the lineup.

The Wild looks to end a cold streak on the road tonight, much like the cold spell that has run through the entire State of Hockey in the month of April. Minnesota will skate against the Flames for their fourth of five meetings on the season. The Wild has gone 2-1-0 against the Calgary, with wins in both a shootout and overtime. Minnesota earned a 2-1 shootout victory in the first meeting at Calgary Feb. 11, the Flames claimed a 3-1 win at Scotiabank Saddledome on Feb. 23, and the Wild won the last meeting, 2-1, at home Feb. 26.

The Wild will be without center Zenon Konopka, who suffered a lower-body injury on April 11. He didn’t travel with the team to Calgary.

The Wild outplayed and outshot the Columbus Blue Jackets at home on Saturday, but only came away with one point in a shootout loss, 3-2. Minnesota outshot Columbus, 41-22, but needed a late power play goal from Jason Pominville to tie the game and force overtime. Pierre-Marc Bouchard got the Wild one the board first with his sixth goal of the season. Niklas Backstrom made 20 saves in the game.

Saturday, the Flames took a convincing win against Alberta rival, Edmonton Oilers, 4-1. Mikael Backlund, Dennis Wideman, Sven Baertschi and Maxwell Reinhart all scored for Calgary, while Joey MacDonald made 28 saves for the win. 

A friendly reminder, tonight's game will be broadcast on FOX Sports North Plus, with puck drop at 8 p.m. State of Hockey Time. A viewing guide can be found, here.
Meet The Blues If You're Going
C Mike Cammalleri has 13 points (8-5=13) in 24 games against Minnesota. G Miikka Kiprusoff is 29-15-6 with a 2.01 GAA, a .923 SV% and four shutouts in 50 games (49 starts). His 29 wins and 50 appearances are the most by any
goaltender against the Wild.
Tonight the Flames will tip their hat to the military, as it is Canadian Forces Appreciation Night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. 

The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
Jason Pominville has two goals and two assists in his last four games for Minnesota, including a two-point game against Columbus on Saturday.

Fans can guess who's going to be hot with the Wild's HotBox Fantasy Challenge presented by the Pioneer Press for a chance to win great prizes.

Game Notes | Transactions | Injury Report | Lighthouse | @mnwildLIVE | @mnwild
Yeo Pregame | Cullen Pregame | Parise Pregame |
Wild at CAL | Ben Hanowski and Bob Hartley |
Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
Things will shift around with Cullen returning to the lineup:

Coyle – Koivu – Parise
Pominville – Brodziak – Bouchard
Zucker – Cullen – Setoguchi
Clutterbuck – Mitchell –  Rupp

D-pairing will be the same as last game:

Brodin – Suter
Clark – Spurgeon
Gilbert – Stoner

Backstrom will go for his ninth straight start. He sports a 1.24 GAA and a .948 SV% over his last four games.
View From The Press Box
."(Cullen) is good to go and that's good for us.

- Yeo on Cullen returning to the lineup
Forward Mikael Granlund and defensemen Justin Falk and Nate Prosser will be tonight's healthy scratches.

Konopka didn’t make the trip with a lower-body injury. Dany Heatley is out for the rest of the season following arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Tuesday. Josh Harding is on Injured Reserve as he continues treatment for multiple sclerosis.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
RW Tim Jackman played at Park Center High School and spent two seasons at Minnesota State University, Mankato (2000-02). Former St. Cloud State standout and Little Falls native Ben Hanowski is expected to make his NHL debut tonight. Jason Pominville has scored against every NHL team except Calgary. Let’s end that tonight.
Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at Calgary will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North-Plus with a start time of 8 p.m. Find the viewing guide, here. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com. FSN+ can be found here

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Oh, Coyle Rules | Hungry For More | Zucker Named AHL All-Rookie Team | Five Takeaways vs. CBJ | Prospect Report - April 10 |
Yeo - April 13 | Pominville - April 13 | Brodziak - April 13 |
PONDcast - April 13 | LeBlanc Interview |
Photo Gallery
Wild vs. CBJ - April 13 |

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