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Wild Plays Second Game of Back-to-Back in Calgary

Minnesota began four-game Canadian road trip with 5-2 win in Edmonton on Tuesday

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

CALGARY -- The Minnesota Wild will try and continue its good start to a four-game, nine-day Canadian road trip when it plays the second of back-to-back games in Alberta on Wednesday against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Wild finished off a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, its first game back from the All-Star break. The win extended Minnesota's road points streak to 14 games, a stretch that started here on Dec. 2 in a game the Wild lost 3-2 in a shootout.

Minnesota is trying for its first win against the Flames this season in its final try, posting a 0-1-1 mark so far. 

Contributions from up and down the lineup highlighted the Wild's win in Edmonton, as Minnesota got a pair of goals from Tyler Graovac, and goals from Zach Parise, Jason Zucker and Chris Stewart. 

"That's how it's been for awhile and I think it's been a key to us winning and our success," Parise said. "You get three goals from your so-called fourth line, that makes a huge difference."

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 41 saves, which tied a career high and was the most by a Wild goaltender this season. He also added an assist for his first NHL point. 

Devan Dubnyk, a Calgary native, is expected to get the start against his hometown team. Fresh off his second career All-Star Game appearance over the weekend, coach Bruce Boudreau wanted to get him an extra day's rest. With back-to-back games, Kuemper was bound to play one anyway. 

Calgary was one of two teams in the NHL (Vancouver) that didn't play on Tuesday. The Flames won 3-2 in overtime over Ottawa in their final game before the break, a win that snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Flames are led offensively by Mikael Backlund, who has 34 points. Johnny Gaudreau has played 10 fewer games but has 31 points. He did not play the last time these teams hooked up in early December because of a hand injury sustained in the matchup in St. Paul Nov. 15, a game Calgary won 1-0.

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