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Wild expect to have Suter available vs. Flames

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

WILD (21-20-6) at FLAMES (26-19-3)

TV: FS-N, SNW

Season series: The Minnesota Wild went 2-0-1 against the Calgary Flames last season, with each winning at home. Calgary won 4-3 in overtime at Scotiabank Saddledome Feb. 1, but Minnesota is 8-4-1 in Calgary in its past 13 games.

Wild team scope: Minnesota was without defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Matt Cooke at practice Wednesday. Coach Mike Yeo said it was a maintenance day for Suter and that he expects him to be in the lineup against the Flames. Stu Bickel was the sixth defenseman during practice and would likely play if Suter isn't available. Cooke left the Wild because of a death in the family, but is expected to return to Calgary in time for the game. Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves in a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday and is expected to start Thursday.

Flames team scope: Calgary won 4-1 against the Buffalo Sabres in its first game after the All-Star break on Tuesday. Johnny Gaudreau scored two goals and Joe Colborne had a goal and an assist. Goalie Jonas Hiller made 17 saves. Curtis Glencross returned to practice Wednesday, but will not be ready to return against Minnesota. He's missed the past four games because of a lower-body injury. "It felt pretty good the last couple of days skating on my own," Glencross said, according to the Flames website. "It felt alright today, I maybe pushed a little too hard yesterday. I'm still day-to-day, so we'll see how it goes. Where it is, it's something effects how you feel when you're skating so I want to make sure it's right before I push it too much much more. I just want to be healthy. When I do come back, I want to be 100 percent." Hiller will play against the Wild; it will be the first time since Jan. 9 he has started consecutive games.

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