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Flames Game Day

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

1. IGINLA WATCH -- Flames captain Jarome Iginla needs two points to tie and three to pass Theo Fleury for the all-time franchise points lead. Seeing as how he had a four-point night Tuesday, the record could fall any game now. In three games this season against the Wild, Iginla has yet to record a single point, but we've seen what happens when the winger breaks out of a supposed slump.

2. EXTRA TIME -- Two of the three meetings between the clubs this season have gone to overtime, with the Flames winning in the extra session each time. In the only game decided in regulation, Flames LW Eric Nystrom had a shorthanded winner in the middle of the third period. On Tuesday, the Wild lost their first shootout game of the season, 2-1 to the Los Angeles Kings.

3. POWER(PLAY) OUTAGE -- This is a meeting of the best and third-best penalty killing units in the NHL. The Wild went on a streak of 25 straight kills before allowing the Kings to score a powerplay marker Tuesday night. The Flames have killed 23 of the past 25 shorthanded situations. Each team has scored six shorthanded goals this season, although the Wild have four in the past nine games.

PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON ...

FLAMES

D Adrian Aucoin -- Last week in Minnesota, Aucoin nearly became the goat when his overtime shot on a breakaway hit the post.

He made up for it shortly after that, when the Flames blueliner sent a long wrist shot in that deflected off Brent Burns and into the net.

Every meeting with the Wild this season has been decided by a single goal, which makes Aucoin and his booming shot important on the powerplay.

WILD

C Mikko Koivu -- With Marian Gaborik out the majority of the season, Koivu has stepped up his offensive game.

During a victory Saturday over the Detroit Red Wings, Koivu had an assist to tie his career high in points, then he topped it with a helper in a loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Koivu, the younger brother of Canadiens captain Saku Koivu, leads the Wild with 59 points this season.

The team is 9-1 all-time when Koivu has a three-point night.

IT'S WORTH NOTING ...

Calgary Flames centre Daymond Langkow is expected to miss his fourth straight game when the team faces the Minnesota Wild.

Although the Flames set the stage for Langkow's return by sending down winger Kyle Greentree after Tuesday's win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team recalled forward David Van Der Gulick from Quad City.

Langkow was hurt after taking a puck on the knuckles against the Vancouver Canucks Feb. 17. Greentree played two games but saw his ice time cut in half against the Blue Jackets Tuesday after playing more than 10 minutes against the Oilers Saturday.

Van Der Gulick is currently sixth in Quad City scoring with 14 goals and 13 assists in 56 games. The Abbotsford, B.C., product was a seventh-round draft pick in 2002.

Nolan out

The Wild are dealing with an injury to one of their key forwards as well. Former Flame Owen Nolan was left home for the road trip with a broken toe, although there is a chance he could join the team on this six-game road trip.

"I doubt it," said Wild coach Jacques Lemaire. "It's a tough loss. He's been so good for us. It's a great year for him."

In 38 games, Nolan has 17 goals and 13 assists to put him fifth in team scoring.

Ice chips

Wild D Brent Burns left early from practice yesterday at the Saddledome because he felt ill. The only reserve defenceman the Wild are carrying is Kurtis Foster, who hasn't played since March of last year, when he broke his leg ... The Flames have a seven-game road trip starting next week, but it's the Wild who have to become road warriors right now. The meeting with Calgary is the first of a six-game trip through Western Canada, and 14 of the team's next 17 games are away from Minnesota ... The Wild have lost five straight in the Saddledome, with the last four being decided by one goal.


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