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Minnesota is back in Calgary looking for another win.

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Tonight the Minnesota Wild are in Calgary trying to rebound after their first regulation loss in nearly a month. Minnesota was in this building a few weeks back and skated to a 1-0 victory. Usually the Saddle Dome is a house of horrors for the Wild as they own a record of 12-22-5 in Calgary. The Wild play four of its remaining six games on the road this month and every point is crucial to climb back into the playoff picture.

If you have not heard, Thomas Vanek aggravated a lower-body injury on Monday and he'll be a gametime decision tonight. In case Vanek can't go, Minnesota recalled Michael Keranen from Iowa. Vanek was a full participant in the morning skate and said the injury felt better as practice went along. The decision on whether he plays will be up to Yeo and Vanek whether he skates tonight.  (Excuse my unbiased love for Vanek) Although his production has been steadier lately, the criticism of him not "trying enough" really tickles my funny bone. He doesnt try enough? One of only five players to skate in every game this season, and truly wants to be out there , but yeah I guess he doesnt try enough (end rant).

If Michael Keranen dresses tonight it will be his NHL debut. Keranen is 2nd in points (9-23=32) for Iowa and is 25 years old. He is a good buddy of Mikael Granlund as both are Finnish natives they trained together last summer. He played for Ilves Tampere in Finland's Elite League last season, wining the league's best player award and registering (17-35=52) the most points in the league.

The lines tonight  are going to be mostly a mystery regardless if its Vanek or Keranen playing tonight. Nino Niederreiter skated yesterday with Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville but we all know Nino "forgets his game" when playing on a top six role so follow Mr. Russo tonight for the lines. Devan Dubnyk will start for the Wild, making his 16th consecutive start. Another late puckdrop tonight, as the gamethread wont open until 8:15. Go Wild!