Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild

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We have to get back to playing our game.. If we play the right way, we’ll be fine.. “Sunday is the biggest day of the season for us.. We have to make sure we get better by then.” The Wild, who open a three-game homestand before closing the season at Colorado on Saturday, can’t get much worse at Xcel Energy Center, where they’ve scored three goals in four games this month.. Minnesota’s last five-game skid on home ice was from Feb.. 28-March 17, 2012.. Hosting a Flames team finishing off a fourth straight non-playoff season is no guarantee the Wild can get back on track.. Calgary (18-22-4) arrives following its fifth win in seven games, 3-1 over Anaheim in Friday’s home finale, and seeking a season-high third straight victory.. The star Friday was veteran goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who made 32 saves in what could have been his final game in Calgary.. “It’s up to him (if he wants to retire), it’s his decision and what he wants to do with his life but if it is his last games, then completely fitting,” said Michael Cammalleri, who set up two goals.. “He was awesome.” Kiprusoff has been outstanding in his last five starts against the Wild – going 4-0-1 with a 1.77 goals-against average – but he has not been in net for any of the four matchups this season. source: http://stats.washingtonpost.com/nhl/preview.asp?g=2013042130

San Jose Sharks remain hot while taming Minnesota Wild

Kuemper saved his only other shot faced.. The Sharks won nearly every battle, with two more hits (29-27) even though they won nine more draws (41-32) and had seven more takeaways (9-2) but only three more giveaways (19-16).. The growing lead contributed to a narrow edge in shots (29-28) and a deficit of five attempts (54-59), but they still blocked five more (18-13).. This was a complete effort resulting in the widest margin of victory in the 2013 NHL season.. Limiting the game to three stars would mean not noting multiple special performances: Couture had two goals and two assists, with six of eight shot attempts on goal, 11 wins in 16 draws, two hits and two takeaways to just one giveaway.. Havlat had two goals and one assist on two shots with a giveaway and a takeaway.. Niemi stopped 27 of 28 (.964 save percentage), including several great chances.. Torres had fantastic back-to-back shifts, with a goal on his only shot and an assist on his other attempt.. But he also had two hits, two takeaways (but two giveaways), a block and was one of two in the circle.. Pavelski had a goal and an assist on four shots (seven attempts) with two hits, two giveaways but three takeaways while going 10 of 19 in the circle.. Marleau had two fantastic assists on three shots with two hits, and his speed gave the Wild fits all night. source: http://www.examiner.com/review/san-jose-sharks-remain-hot-while-taming-minnesota-wild

 

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