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Preview: Flames vs. Wild

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

WILD (24-22-10) at FLAMES (25-27-3)

TV: FS-N, FS-WI, SN1, NHL.TV (8:00 PM MT)

Season series: The Minnesota Wild won all three games against the Calgary Flames last season, including a 1-0 victory on Jan. 29, and a 3-2 win in overtime on Feb. 18. Thomas Vanek had a goal and two assists and Charlie Coyle had three assists to lead the Wild. Lance Bouma, Jiri Hudler, Markus Granlund and Josh Jooris each scored for Calgary.

Wild team scope: Minnesota will try to win back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 28-31. The Wild ended an eight-game losing streak with a 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday in John Torchetti's debut as interim coach. "They'll want to be hungry to come out and prove themselves again," Torchetti told the Wild website Monday. "But we just want them feeling good about themselves, and then we'll make our corrections and adjustments, and keep on improving and getting better." Goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who won for the first time in his past nine starts Monday, is the expected starter. He is 9-5-3 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in 18 career games against his hometown Flames.

Flames team scope: Defenceman Kris Russell will be further evaluated after a lower-body injury kept him out of the 6-4 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Russell, who is second in the NHL with 174 blocked shots, is considered day-to-day. "We've shut him down," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website. "We thought that he could play [Monday] and right in warm-up, as soon as he stepped on the ice for warm-up, we knew it was no-go." Forwards Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik did not participate in practice Tuesday and are questionable. Goaltender Karri Ramo will undergo an MRI for a lower-body injury sustained against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday and is out indefinitely. Jonas Hiller will start in goal for the foreseeable future.

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