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Saturday, February 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Wild (8-6-2) at Calgary Flames (5-7-3), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild will aim for their first three-game
winning streak of the season when they visit the Calgary Flames for Saturday's
Northwest Division battle at the Saddledome.
Minnesota, which has a 4-1-1 record over its last six games, has posted
consecutive victories against Detroit and Edmonton to record its fourth two-
game winning streak of the season.
Matt Cullen scored twice and also added an assist in Thursday's 3-1 win at
Edmonton. Devin Setoguchi scored the go-ahead goal early in the final frame,
while Niklas Backstrom stopped 27 shots in the win.
After a scoreless first frame, Edmonton opened the scoring at the 12:26 mark
of the second when Ryan Smyth beat Backstrom on a wraparound. It was all
Minnesota from there, however, as the Wild scored three unanswered goals to
"A great response and a great job by our guys sticking with our game," Wild
coach Mike Yeo said of his team battling back from a goal down.
Things got a bit chippy late in the contest when Minnesota forward Cal
Clutterbuck took a vicious knee-to-knee hit from Edmonton forward Taylor Hall
near the red line. Hall received a five-minute major and a game misconduct,
while Clutterbuck was unable to put any weight on his left leg as he was
helped off the ice, where a stretcher was waiting for him just beyond the end
Clutterbuck missed practice on Friday, but appears to have escaped serious
injury with what is being called a thigh contusion. He is expected to miss
Saturday's game and there is no timetable for his return.
Hall was suspended two games by the NHL for the hit.
Thursday's win was just the second on the road this season for the Wild, who
are 2-4-1 as the guest.
Calgary, which is 14th in the Western Conference standings, has lost its last
two games in regulation and managed a total of one goal over those contests.
The Flames were dealt a 4-0 loss Monday at Phoenix and then opened a three-
game homestand on Wednesday with a 3-1 setback to the Los Angeles Kings.
T.J. Brodie scored the lone goal of the game for the Flames, who have dropped
three of their last four games. Joey MacDonald gave up all three goals on 33
shots in the loss.
"On Friday, we're going to be working on defensive zone coverage," said
Calgary head coach Bob Hartley. "We need to find a way to be a more
responsible team in our own zone."
The Flames are 2-5-2 as the host this season and will complete their homestand
Sunday against Phoenix.
The Wild posted a 2-1 shootout win in Calgary on Feb. 11 and have won six of
the last 10 meetings in this series. Minnesota has four victories in its last
six trips to the Saddledome.
02/23 11:04:25 ET