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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Calgary

Minnesota looks to get back on track in final game before three-day Christmas layoff Monday afternoon in St. Paul

by Tyler Savitsky / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (17-15-5) vs. Calgary Flames (19-14-5)

Puck drop: 4:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports App

Listen: KTLK 1130 AM, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

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The Wild Warmup is presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling


ST. PAUL -- One game remains before the three-day Christmas break, and the Wild will try to finish on a positive note as it hosts the Calgary Flames in a late afternoon game Monday at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild began its extended home stretch on Saturday, falling 6-0 to the Winnipeg Jets.

Minnesota got off to a fast start, but could not get one past Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck. A Mark Scheifele goal with under 10 seconds left in the period, sent momentum in Winnipeg's favor and Minnesota never recovered.

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"It's one of those games you have once or twice a season where everything goes wrong," Mats Zuccarello said. "It's important that we just forget and don't lose confidence off of this."

The loss ended the second-longest home point streak in Wild history, but the team has still recorded points in 12 of its last 13, including nine wins in that span.

Minnesota is happy it has another game before the short break.

"Thank God we have a game before Christmas," Alex Stalock said. "You don't want to go into Christmas playing with that feeling losing at home 6-0 and letting your fans down, I think this group's looking forward to Monday for sure."

Calgary will come to Minnesota after securing a 5-1 win in Dallas on Sunday night. Prior to Dallas, the Flames had a four-game homestead where it recorded only three points, giving up four goals in each of the last three games.

Matthew Tkachuk leads the team with 32 points. He has recorded 14 goals and 18 assists. Elias Lindholm has a team-high 15 goals and Johnny Gaudreau leads the club with 19 assists. Sean Monahan is the only other player to record at least 20 points on the season.

David Rittich has gotten the bulk of the play in net. In 29 starts this season, Rittich has a 16-8-5 record. He earned the win against Dallas, which means Cam Talbot is the likely starter on Monday. He is 3-6-0 in nine starts with a 2.94 goals against and a .910 save percentage.

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