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Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

FLAMES AT MINNESOTA WILD, 6 P.M., XCEL ENERGY CENTER; TV: TSN; RADIO: THE FAN

COMING IN:

Calgary posted a 4-3-1 mark in the pre-season but didn't win a road game. The Wild went 3-3-1 in the pre-season.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

This is the first of eight meetings between the Northwest Divison rivals. In 2003-04, the Flames won the season series 3-2-1. Calgary holds the edge all-time, 10-5-4-2, and has a 5-3-1-2 mark in St. Paul.

ARRIVALS:

FLAMES -- First liners Tony Amonte and Daymond Langkow headline a list of new forwards that also includes Darren McCarty, Jason Wiemer and Byron Ritchie. Roman Hamrlik and Dion Phaneuf are the new defenceman. Goalie Philippe Sauve is the backup to Miikka Kiprusoff.

WILD -- The Wild didn't dip deep into the free-agent pool but has added D Scott Ferguson, LW Andrei Nazarov, C Brian Rolston, LW Derek Boogaard and C Todd White, while Calgary product RW Kyle Wanvig has made the jump from the minors. C Randy Robitaille was claimed off waivers yesterday from Nashville.

DEPARTURES:

FLAMES -- Among those gone since the 2004 playoff run are Martin Gelinas, Craig Conroy, Denis Gauthier, Toni Lydman and Ville Nieminen.

WILD -- Andrew Brunette, Eric Chouinard, Matt Johnson, Antti Laaksonen, Richard Park and Jason Wiemer.

WHO'S HOT:

FLAMES -- Steve Reinprecht put up one point per game (1-4-5) in five pre-season contests on a line with Chuck Kobasew (1-3-4) and Chris Simon (3-1-4). Miikka Kiprusoff won both games he played.

WILD -- New linemates Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brian Rolston collected a half-dozen pre-season points.

WHO'S NOT:

FLAMES -- The team's powerplay unit, which scored only five times in 75 pre-season chances.

WILD -- Skilled defenceman Nick Schultz collected one assist in six games.

INJURIES:

FLAMES -- D Robyn Regehr (knee, three weeks).

WILD -- C Mikko Koivu (knee) is out a month, while RW Marian Gaborik (groin) has barely skated since camp began.

NOTABLES:

Minnesota named D Alex Henry captain for the month of October ... Manny Fernandez has started every home opener in Wild history and posted a 3-0-1 mark.


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