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GAME: Calgary Flames (38-21-8) at Minnesota Wild (31-30-7).

TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST.

After beating the Minnesota Wild to earn their first road win in more than a month their last time out, the Northwest Division-leading Calgary Flames look for their second straight victory in St. Paul when the teams meet for the seventh time this season.

Calgary began a season-high seven-game road trip with consecutive losses before defeating Minnesota 3-2 on Sunday. The Flames, whose 14-14-5 road record is the worst among division leaders, won for the first time away from home since Feb. 6.

The Flames lost 9-4 at Nashville on Saturday but bounced back behind Daymond Langkow and Jarome Iginla on Sunday. The duo combined for two goals and two assists, and with the game tied 2-2, Iginla passed to Kristian Huselius for the winner with 5:08 to play.

Calgary was outshot 39-19, including 18-5 in the second period and 14-4 in the final 20 minutes.

"We gave up too many shots to be happy, but a lot of those came on special teams," Flames alternate captain Robyn Regher said. "We were happy to get the points, and it's good to know the guys in here can rebound."

Calgary, which has a slim lead over Colorado in the Northwest, will play seven of its final 11 games on home ice after this trip. The Flames' 24 home wins are second-most in the Western Conference.

Minnesota rallied twice to tie Sunday's game on tallies from Marc Chouinard and Wes Walz, but lost for the fourth time in five games.

"It seems like we wait and see what's going to happen before we go," Walz said. "In the second and third we played well, but we waited too long to get going."

Minnesota lost Todd White when he was hit just above the left skate on a shot by Wild rookie Kurtis Foster. White, who has 19 goals, suffered a broken leg and is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.

"It was just one of those things," White said. "I stand in front of the net every game. That one just got me."

Calgary has won five straight in this series since losing 6-3 on Oct. 5 in the season opener for both teams.

STANDINGS: Flames - 84 points, 1st place, Northwest Division. Wild - 69 points, 5th place, 15 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Iginla, 31 goals and 53 points; Langkow, 26 assists; Darren McCarty, 109 PIM. Wild - Marian Gaborik, 30 goals; Brian Rolston, 43 assists and 70 points; Derek Boogaard, 146 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Flames - Power play: 18.4 percent (72 for 391), 10th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.3 percent (345 for 414), 12th. Wild - Power play: 17.6 percent (68 for 387), 17th. Penalty killing: 88.4 percent (320 for 362), 1st.

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (34-17-8, 8 SO, 2.18 GAA); Brian Boucher (4-7-0, 4.16). Wild - Manny Fernandez (25-13-6, 1, 2.26); Josh Harding (no appearances).

SEASON SERIES: Flames, 5-1.

LAST MEETING: Sunday; Flames, 3-2. At St. Paul, Minn., Kiprusoff made 37 saves and the Flames allowed just one power-play goal in seven opportunities.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 14-14-5 on the road; Wild - 19-14-2 at home.

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