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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Calgary

Minnesota concludes road-heavy stretch to start regular season

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames 

Puck drop: 9:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KFAN 100.3 FM, Wild Radio Network, Wild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

The opponent

The Calgary Flames are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Sean Monahan scored the Flames' only goal with under four minutes to play.

Flames goaltender Mike Smith has started all seven games this season, posting a 4-3-0 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage and one shutout.

Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with 10 points through seven contests, while Monahan's four goals are tops on the team. Jaromir Jagr has a pair of assists in four games.

Road warriors

This weekend's contests against the Jets and Flames end a stretch where five of the Wild's first six games of the season are on the road. After the current two-game road trip, Minnesota will return to St. Paul for its longest homestand of the season: six home games spanning 12 days, beginning Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks. 

Last season, the Wild posted a 22-13-6 record on the road, ranking second in the Western Conference (Chicago) and tying for fifth in the NHL for most points in away games.

Power up

The Wild has scored at least one power-play goal in four straight games -- its longest streak since tallying at least one power-play goal in five straight games, Dec. 31, 2016-Jan. 12, 2017. Minnesota is 5-for-15 on the power play this season, tying for first in the NHL with a 33.3 percent success rate. 

Last season, the Wild set a franchise record for highest power-play percentage in a single season (21 percent) and finished ninth in the League (47-for-94).

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