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Calgary has lost six of its past nine games; Minnesota playing second of back-to-back

by Jessi Pierce / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (21-17-5) at WILD (20-17-5)

7 p.m. ET; SN, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV


The Game

Alex Stalock will start for the Minnesota Wild when they play the Calgary Flames in the second game of a back-to-back at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

Minnesota, which ended a two-game skid with a 3-2 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, is 4-3-0 in its past seven games.

David Rittich is expected to start for Calgary, which is 3-5-1 in its past nine games following a seven-game winning streak.


Players to watch

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past two games.

Wild forward Eric Staal scored the winning goal in overtime on Saturday and has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in his past 11 games. 


They said it 

"Every game from here to the finish is going to be big. … We're trying to catch teams in front of us. We have ground to make up, but we're growing as a group. We're heading in the right direction. You can feel it in here, and that's important this time of the season." -- Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane

"(Home games have) to be two points for us night-in and night-out. Divisional game (against Winnipeg on Saturday), important points, we'd like to do it in regulation, but it was a good job fighting with it and getting that game tied up and picking up the two points. We'll try to do the same (Sunday)." -- Wild forward Eric Staal


Flames projected lineup

Matthew Tkachuk -- Elias Lindholm -- Andrew Mangiapane

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Mikael Backlund 

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski-- Tobias Rieder

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Zac Rinaldo, Michael Stone

Injured: None


Wild projected lineup

Jordan Greenway -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello 

Zach Parise -- Mikko Koivu -- Kevin Fiala

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Ryan Donato -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Hartman

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba 

Brad Hunt -- Carson Soucy

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Louie Belpedio

Injured: Greg Pateryn (lower body), Jason Zucker (lower body)


Status report

This will be Calgary's first game without forward Michael Frolik, who was traded to the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 2 for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. … Belpedio was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Saturday.  


Stat pack

Monahan has four points (three goals, one assist) in a four-game point streak. … Koivu is two assists shy of 500 in the NHL. … Suter has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games. 

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