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Flames take on Wild on Wednesday

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

WILD (28-21-7) at FLAMES (32-22-3)


Season series: Zach Parise scored the only goal and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves in a 1-0 win for the Minnesota Wild against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Jan. 29.

Wild team scope: Minnesota practiced in Calgary on Tuesday without forward Thomas Vanek, although coach Mike Yeo said he expects him to play Wednesday. Minnesota may also call up an extra forward from Iowa of the American Hockey League with Tyler Graovac the likely choice if a move is made. Expect the Wild to come out with a different look up front. Yeo said he plans to break up his top line of Parise, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville to help balance his scoring lines. Dubnyk has started 14 straight games for the Wild and will likely be in net against the Flames. Minnesota lost in regulation for the first time since the All-Star break Monday against the Vancouver Canucks. The defeat ended a 10-game streak where the Wild earned at least a point, which equaled a franchise record. Forward Nino Niederreiter scored each goal for Minnesota and forward Jordan Schroeder had two assists.

Flames team scope: Calgary had an optional practice Tuesday following an impressive 4-3 overtime win Monday night against the Boston Bruins. Coach Bob Hartley said goalie Jonas Hiller would start against the Wild. Hiller played all but 49 seconds of the final two periods and overtime against the Bruins, and made 16 saves to earn the win. Hiller was fantastic against the Wild last month, making 31 saves in the losing effort. The win against the Bruins kept the Flames in stride with the Canucks with the teams tied in the Pacific Division with 67 points.

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