Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/20/11
CALGARY -- The Minnesota Wild and their fans used to cringe when a game in Calgary came up on the schedule, as it has for Tuesday night. The franchise's first 25 games in Calgary were downright ugly as the Wild went just 3-19-3. In that horrific stretch, the visitors averaged only 1.88 goals per game, and their power-play succeeded at a punchless 11 percent rate. But more recently, this Northwest Division series has turned in Minnesota's favor, with the Wild winning six of the past seven games and averaging 2.77 goals with a 20 percent power-play success rate. The Flames, meanwhile, have scored one goal or been shut out in six of those seven games. During November, the Wild visited Calgary and shut out the Flames, 3-0, behind Niklas Backstrom's 41 saves. Backstrom has been brilliant against Calgary, flashing a 9-2-1 record, a 1.25 GAA and a .960 save percentage in his last 12 starts. However, on Tuesday, Wild coach Mike Yeo will go with Josh Harding. "Josh is rested and ready to play tonight, Yeo said Tuesday morning. As a coaching staff, we believe after a taxing game in Vancouver last night, with travel, that it was best to rest Nik tonight. We have tremendous confidence in both of our goalies." Harding is 1-4-1 with a solid 2.60 GAA in his career against Calgary. Because of a whiplash injury, he has not started a game in two weeks, but he has been spectacular this season, going 7-2-1 with a 2.14 GAA and a .932 save percentage. Monday night's 4-0 loss in Vancouver marked the first time all season the Wild have been kept off the scoreboard. Minnesota dropped to 0-5-0 in the first half of back-to-back games for zero points but have points in all four games on the second nights of these back-to-backers, going 2-0-2 for six points.
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