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STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

7 P.M., PAY-PER-VIEW/FAN 960

CALGARY FLAMES (19-8-3)

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MINNESOTA WILD (14-13-3)

COMING IN

Claiming a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers Wednesday night at the Saddledome, the Flames kicked off a two-game homestand on the right skate. Goals from Nigel Dawes, Olli Jokinen and Rene Bourque made a strong defensive stand hold up. The Flames have allowed just six goals against in their last five games. Beating the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 Wednesday in Denver on the strength of Niklas Backstrom's 23 saves, the Wild avoided back-to-back losses and improved their record over the past nine games to 7-1-1. They're second-last in the Western Conference standings, but are just four points out of a playoff position.

HEAD TO HEAD

This is their first of six meetings this season, but the Flames have dominated since the lockout, piling up a 22-6-2 record against the Wild. The numbers are even more skewed at the Saddledome, where the Flames have won seven straight and 14 of their last 15 meetings against them.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.3% (19-104, T-21st); Minnesota 19.2% (24-125, 16th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 80.9% (14th); Minnesota 83.5% (T-9th).

INJURIES

CALGARY -- D Cory Sarich (lower-body), C Craig Conroy (undisclosed).

MINNESOTA -- C Andrew Ebbett (concussion), D Brent Burns (concussion), C Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion), LW Petr Sykora (concussion), LW Derek Boogaard (illness).


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