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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Calgary

Following overtime win on Saturday, Wild aims to finish weekend back-to-back on a high note

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Calgary Flames (21-17-5) at Minnesota Wild (20-17-5)

Puck drop: 6:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports App

Listen: KFAN FM 100.3, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

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The Wild Warmup is presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling


ST. PAUL -- The Wild aims for a weekend sweep of Canadian opponents on Sunday when it hosts the Calgary Flames at Xcel Energy Center. 

Minnesota rallied for a 3-2 overime win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon in downtown St. Paul. Luke Kunin's goal with under six minutes left forced overtime, where Eric Staal's team-leading 16th goal 1:52 into the extra session earned the Wild an extra point.

Kunin and Marcus Foligno had a goal and an assist apiece as Minnesota won in overtime for the first time this season. For Staal, it was his fourth career overtime winner but his first in a Wild uniform and his first since Dec. 29, 2011 when he was a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Video: Bruce Boudreau postgame vs Winnipeg

"It was good to finally win a game in overtime," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "That extra point as we know is going to become so vital for somebody. I'd rather it be us than anybody else."

Sunday marks the fourth and final contest of a four-game homestand, to this point, the Wild's longest stretch of games at home this season. A victory would salvage an even record on the homestand after back-to-back losses to Eastern Conference foes on the front half. 

It's also the first of consecutive games against the Flames, as the two clubs will reconvene on Thursday in Calgary. 

Video: Locker room postgame vs Winnipeg

"They're both home games and more than 24 hours apart," said Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who made 19 saves in the win on Saturday. "I think with the effort that we put out, to have a good feeling, it's a nice thing to roll into [Sunday]. There's no travel involved. It'll be fine." 

The Flames are beginning a brief two-game road trip against Central Division foes, a swing that continues Tuesday night in Chicago. 

Calgary won 4-3 against the New York Rangers on Thursday night, a win that snapped a two-game losing spell. Calgary is 2-2 since a 3-0 loss to the Wild in St. Paul on Dec. 23 in the final game before the three-day Christmas break. 

Matthew Tkachuk leads the Flames with 36 points and is one of four players with at least 31 points on the year. Elias Lindholm has a team-high 16 goals while Johnny Gaudreau has 22 assists to leads the club.

David Rittich has a 17-10-5 record with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 32 starts this season. 

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