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GAMEDAY: Wild vs. Flames

Monday, 04.22.2013 / 9:55 AM

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GAMEDAY: Wild vs. Flames
Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild (24-17-3: 51 points, 7th in Western Conference, 2nd in Northwest Division) vs. Calgary Flames  (18-22-4 40 points, 13th in Western Conference, 4th in Northwest Division)
With the regular season winding down this week, the Wild has three of its final four games against teams outside the top-8 in the West. Minnesota will see Calgary and Edmonton for the second time in a week and will try to sweep the season series with the Oilers, while taking 4-of-5 over the Flames.

In the last regular season match up with Calgary the Wild will look to get off to a quick start with its offense again. Minnesota has scored first in three of its last four games. The Wild is 16-4-1 when opening the game’s scoring this season.

Minnesota is coming off a 6-1 loss in San Jose on Thursday night and is ready to get back in the win column in front of the home crowd.

"Certainly this time of year we're still trying to get better as a team and that is a game that will give us a stiff reminder," Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said after Thursday's loss. "Bottom line is it was still a good trip, wish it was a great trip, still two out of three and we have to push this one aside quickly to get focused on our next one."

In its last game against Calgary coming on Monday, Minnesota was able to hold on for a 4-3 victory. Former St. Cloud State star, Ben Hanowski, playing in his first-career NHL game was able to score his first goal in the third period. The Flames have won their last two games, both against teams currently in the top-8: Anaheim and Detroit.

Calgary won, 3-1, over the Ducks on Friday night behind the goaltending of Miikka Kipursoff. The Finnish netminder stopped 32-of-33 shots in his second strong performance in a row. If the Flames continue to ride their No. 1 goaltender, it will come against a Minnesota team in which Kiprusoff has enjoyed succes. The goalie 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.

However, Kipursoff hasn't faced the Wild in any of the teams four games this season, that has fallen to Joey MacDonald.

Minnesota got some positive news on Friday as goaltender Josh Harding won his first start on a conditioning assignment in Houston. Harding stopped 33-of-36 shots as the Aeros beat the Texas Stars, 4-3, to clinch a Calder Cup playoff berth.
Meet The Blues If You're Going
Former St. Cloud State standout Ben Hanowski makes his first trip to Xcel Energy Center in his third-career NHL game. He scored vs. Minnesota in his first-career NHL game on April 15. Fan Celebration Week – Jerseys Off Our Backs. Learn more and bid on a game-worn Wild jersey, here.

The Wild will wear its GREEN sweaters tonight.
Who's Hot Gameday Media
RW Jason Pominville, acquired from Buffalo March 4, has four, two-point games in eight contests with Minnesota (all in the last seven games), including seven points (3-4=7) in a four-game point streak. He has 34 points (14-20=34) in 45 combined games this season.

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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Yeo Pregame |
Wild vs. CAL |
Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
The lineup is expected to stay consistent from Thursday:

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

D-pairs are likely to remain the same as well:

Brodin – Suter
Clark – Spurgeon
Gilbert – Stoner

Niklas Backstrom was pulled from the game after allowing five goals Thursday in San Jose. In his career, in the start after being pulled, Backstrom is 21-2-4 with a 1.81 GAA, a .935 SV% and four shutouts.
View From The Press Box
The urgency level should be very high for sure, but having said that we should approach these games with a level of confidence.

- Yeo looking ahead after practice on Saturday
Defensemen Justin Falk and Nate Prosser are tonight's likely healthy scratches.

Mike Rupp is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury and is out for tonight's game. Zenon Konopka is still hurt with a lower-body injury and is also out for tonight's game. Dany Heatley is out for the rest of the season following arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Tuesday. Josh Harding is on Injured Reserve and was assigned to Houston for conditioning.
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). RW Ben Hanowski is a Little Falls native and played at St. Cloud State University (2009-13). Each of the last three meetings between the Wild and Flames at Xcel Energy Center has been decided by one goal.
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 of 5:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at

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2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 21 '13 CGY 4 at MIN 1 M. Backlund
Apr 15 '13 MIN 4 at CGY 3 J. Pominville
Feb 26 '13 CGY 1 at MIN 2 - OT Z. Parise
Feb 23 '13 MIN 1 at CGY 3 M. Stajan
Feb 11 '13 MIN 2 at CGY 1 - SO M. Koivu
M. Cammalleri42131932-141853
L. Stempniak4592231+31242
A. Tanguay40111627-132221
C. Glencross40151126-81833
J. Hudler40101626-122250
M. Stajan4151823+72401
J. Iginla3191322-72222
D. Wideman4361622-81241
M. Backlund308816-42921
R. Cervenka367815-131410
J. Bouwmeester336915-111610
M. Giordano4441115-43611
T. Brodie4411213-8800
S. Begin36448-22202
B. Comeau33437-91401
S. Baertschi18257+0600
R. Horak17257-2200
T. Jackman41145-85900
C. Butler41055-101900
B. McGrattan19303-43901
M. Reinhart9123-3200
M. Cundari1112+1010
C. Sarich27022-61600
B. Hanowski3101+1000
D. Smith22011-51000
B. Jones12011-3800
B. Carson10011-1000
A. Babchuk5011-3000
B. Street4000-3000
A. Aliu3000+01000
P. Byron2000-1000
M. Kiprusoff238-13-2736183.41.882
J. MacDonald198-7-1485042.80.905
L. Irving62-1-1151283.33.883
D. Taylor21-1-06683.00.912
Z. Parise45171936+31674
M. Koivu45102535+32203
J. Pominville46142034+1822
R. Suter4542832+02431
M. Cullen3971926+71000
D. Setoguchi45121325+52042
D. Heatley36111021-12831
P. Bouchard4071219+6802
J. Spurgeon365914+0442
K. Brodziak458412-152011
C. Coyle347411+52812
T. Gilbert403811-91810
J. Brodin422810+51010
C. Stoner4501010+44200
T. Mitchell42448-62101
C. Clutterbuck39358-72700
M. Granlund27268-4600
J. Zucker19415+4800
M. Rupp38134-26700
J. Falk33033-84000
M. Scandella6101-1400
B. Clark8011-9000
Z. Konopka34000-310000
N. Prosser17000+4400
D. Powe8000+1900
J. Larsson1000+0000
N. Backstrom3922-14-39310142.50.908
D. Kuemper61-2-0101192.08.916
J. Harding41-1-07612.92.885
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