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Preview: Flames @ Wild

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

FLAMES (34-40-7) at WILD (38-32-11)

TV: CITY, FS-N, NHL.TV (5:00 PM MT)

Season series: The Minnesota Wild have won each of their games against the Calgary Flames. Wild forward Zach Parise leads all scorers with three goals and three assists. Flames defenceman TJ Brodie and forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Matt Stajan have two points each.

Flames team scope: Goaltender Niklas Backstrom will start what could be his final NHL game. It will be his fourth game with Calgary since being traded from Minnesota on Feb. 29. The Wild's franchise leader amongst goaltenders in wins (194) and shutouts (28), the 38-year old Backstrom will play in his 413th NHL game since signing with the Wild prior to the 2006-07 season. "I'm going to try to enjoy these last days here in the NHL," Backstrom told the Flames website. "I'm going to try to have fun and enjoy it. It's been a great ride, but there's still a couple days left. You want to enjoy every day, but you want to perform as well as you can, too. When you win it's more fun."

Wild team scope: Parise will not play after a maintenance day on Friday. He has dealt with various injuries and soreness for the past couple of months but should be fine for the start of the postseason. Minnesota is locked into the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. They will either play the Dallas Stars or St. Louis Blues in the first round. Minnesota will try and finish the regular season on a positive note; the Wild have lost four consecutive games since a season-high six-game winning streak. "We go game-by-game. That's how I've been," coach John Torchetti told the Wild's website. "We won the six a row, and if we went, two, and two, and two, and two, and two, than nobody would be saying anything. We want to be playing a solid game."

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