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GAMEDAY: Wild vs. Calgary

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Minnesota Wild (8-4-3: 19 points, 7th in Western Conference, 3rd in Central Division) vs Calgary Flames (6-6-2: 14 points, 11th in Western Conference, 6th in Pacific Division)
It’s taken a month, but the Minnesota Wild will finally face an old Northwest Division foe tonight, the Calgary Flames. Moving into the Western Conference’s Central Division, the Wild won’t see teams from the Northwest as often. All-time, the Wild is 18-12-7 at Xcel Energy Center against the Flames.

Home ice has been a big advantage for Minnesota, going 6-1-2 at the friendly confines of Xcel Energy Center this season. The team hopes to extend its two-game home winning streak against the Flames, before having to go on the road for a pair of games later this week.

The Wild has been one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference, winning five of its last six games, vaulting the club into third in the Central Division and only two points behind the defending Stanley Cup champs, Chicago Blackhawks.

A number of players have been contributing, with one line in particular leading the charge offensively. Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo has been shuffling lines to find a spark and seems to have discovered gold with Mikael Granlund, Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter. The trio has combined for 20 points (Granlund 1-6=7; Niederreiter 2-3=5; Pominville 6-2=8) in the last five games.

Charlie Coyle missed the team's last outing on Sunday, as a precautionary measure after coming back from a lower-body injury. He is expected to return to the lineup tonight and will start on the wing with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise.

After a sluggish start, the Wild breezed past the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, 4-0. Facing his former team for team for the first time since signing with Minnesota two summers ago, Zach Parise tallied an assist on Torrey Mitchell’s first goal of the season. Mikael Granlund also netted his first of the season. Dany Heatley added a power play goal in the third and Jason Pominville iced the game with an empty netter for his team-leading 10th goal of the year. Josh Harding made 19 saves for his second shutout of the season.

The Flames weren’t forecast push for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but has gotten off to a .500 start. The club’s most impressive win came in its last outing, a 3-2 overtime win against Chicago. Making his NHL debut, goaltender Reto Berra made 42 saves for the victory. Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross scored in regulation and Kris Russell secured the win in overtime. 
Meet the Flames If You're Going
The Flames used the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on center Sean Monahan. The 19-year-old is brimming with potential, but he wasn’t a shoe-in to make the roster this season. However, he’s jumped right in and started to produce, scoring 11 points (7-4=11) in his first 14 games in the League.

Curtis Glencross has three goals and two assists over a current four-game point streak for the Flames.
If you haven’t downloaded the Wild’s new app, do it now; it is a great in-game companion. The app features in-game scores and stats, roster and player cards, highlights, customized game alerts, links to postgame coverage and breaking news.

The Wild will wear its RED sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
As previously mentioned, Pominville is a part of the Wild’s hottest line. The forward has been the catalysis and earned NHL First Star of the Week honors. Last week, he ranked tied for first in the NHL in goals (4) and scoring with six points.

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.

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Coming Soon
Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
Here’s what the lines looked like at the morning skate:


The defense will remain the same as Sunday:


Josh Harding is expected to get his third-straight start. He is 2-5-1 with a 2.44 GAA and a .917 SV% in nine games (six starts) against Calgary.
View From The Press Box
We’ve seen a lot of (line shuffling) this year. I’d kind of like somebody just jump up and take it for good, but that said, when guys have gone up, they’ve responded and done the job.

- Yeo on finding a permanent wing to skate with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise
Defensemen Matt Dumba and Nate Prosser will be tonight’s healthy scratches, while Carson McMillan will be out amongst the forwards.

Mike Rupp is still on Injured Reserve with a lower-body injury. 
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
Tim Jackman played at Park Center High School and spent two seasons at Minnesota State University, Mankato (2000-02). Minnesota plays in its 1,000th NHL game Tuesday (regular season and playoffs). The Wild has posted a record of 451-407-141, including a 439-385-141 record in its 965 regular season games.
Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
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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