Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

MINNESOTA WILD at CALGARY FLAMES

TONIGHT AT 8 P.M., TV: TSN, RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN:

Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Nashville was Calgary's third in five outings. Those defeats sandwich the two wins in Vancouver. That said, the Flames do have a 7-3-1 mark this month.

Minnesota beat Edmonton for the second straight game last night. The Wild has won three in a row and five of six to remain within shouting distance of a playoff spot.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

The Wild took the first meeting -- the season opener in St. Paul -- but Calgary exacted revenge by winning the last two games, both of which came at the Saddledome. Calgary has a 7-1-2 record in the last 10 games at home.

WHO'S HOT:

* FLAMES -- In 10 games since coming to Calgary via trade, Kristian Huselius has three goals and nine assists.

* WILD-- Brian Rolston has collected 17 points (7-10-17) in the last 10 games.

WHO'S NOT:

* FLAMES -- Jarome Iginla has only four goals in the last 17 games.

* WILD -- Pierre-Marc Bouchard is second on the Wild's scoring list but has just two goals in 25 games.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 16.8% (38-226, 16th); Minnesota 18.8% (38-202, 9th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 82.2% (15th); Minnesota 90% (1st).

INJURIES:

* FLAMES -- D Roman Hamrlik (knee) and C Stephane Yelle (foot) are out. RW Darren McCarty (hip flexor) is doubtful.

* WILD -- None.

NOTABLES:

McCarty practiced hard yesterday but doesn't think he'll be good enough to play tonight. "It was nice to get on the ice but not there yet," he said. "Hopefully, tomorrow will be better" ... Kurtis Foster, who the Flames selected in the second round of the 2000 draft and traded to Atlanta for Petr Buzek, has found a home in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. In 17 games since being summoned from AHL Houston, the 24-year-old has 10 points, including five goals -- tops among Wild defencemen ... Calgary has fallen to third overall in team defence, with a 2.40 GAA, behind Ottawa (2.12) and Minnesota (2.36).


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