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GAME: Minnesota Wild (8-8-2) at Calgary Flames (10-7-2).

TIME: Monday, 9 p.m. EST.

The Calgary Flames look to win seven straight games for the first time in nearly 13 years when they host the struggling Minnesota Wild.

The Flames defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Saturday for their sixth win in a row. Jarome Iginla, Tony Amonte and Craig MacDonald scored in a 2:05 span in a four-goal first period for the Flames.

Calgary's winning streak is its longest since Feb. 2-12, 1994. It is also the Flames' longest since an eight-game run from Dec. 14, 1992-Jan. 2, 1993.

"We don't need everybody to score 20, but we need guys to chip in here and there," said defenseman Andrew Ference, who also scored Saturday.

Center Steve Reinprecht may be one of those guys, having tallied a goal and seven assists in his last three games. Prior to that, he managed only one goal in eight games.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who led Calgary to the Western Conference title in 2003-04, is 5-0 with a 1.40 goals-against average and two shutouts this month, including one Nov. 1 versus the Wild.

Minnesota has lost two straight following a two-game winning streak. The Wild were outshot 37-17 in a 3-1 loss Friday to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Wild have not lost three in a row this season.

Center Marc Chouinard (shoulder) and defenseman Andrei Zyuzin (strained knee) both sat out of the loss and their status for this game is uncertain.

If Minnesota is to avoid another loss, it needs center Brian Rolston to get on the scoresheet. he has played in seven of the Wild's eight wins this season, recording six goals - three on the power play - and three assists.

In eight losses, however, Rolston has a goal and just two assists. He has been held scoreless in each of the Wild's last five losses.

Rolston has five goals and five assists in 17 games versus the Flames.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 13): Wild - 18 points, 5th place, 6 PB, Northwest Division. Flames - 22 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Wild - Rolston, 8 goals; Alexandre Daigle, 10 assists; Pierre-Marc Bouchard, 14 points; Derek Boogaard, 39 PIM. Flames - Iginla, 10 goals and 19 points; Reinprecht and Roman Hamrlik, 10 assists; Darren McCarty, 47 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 13): Wild - Power play: 19.7 percent (18 for 91), 11th in NHL. Penalty killing: 91.4 percent (96 for 105), 1st. Flames - Power play: 14.5 percent (18 for 124), 23rd. Penalty killing: 79.1 percent (95 for 120), 26th.

GOALTENDERS: Wild - Manny Fernandez (5-3-1, 0 SO, 1.94 GAA); Dwayne Roloson (3-5-1, 1, 2.39). Flames - Kiprusoff (9-6-2, 3, 2.39); Philippe Sauve (1-1-0, 0, 3.02).

SEASON SERIES: 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 1; Flames, 3-0. At Calgary, Alberta, Iginla scored twice and Kiprusoff stopped 23 shots to lead the Flames.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Wild - 3-5-2 on the road; Flames - 7-1-1 at home.


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