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Flames seek more success at home against Wild

Minnesota (17-15-2) at Calgary (20-11-4), 9:00 p.m. EST

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Rene Bourque and the Calgary Flames

look to continue their success at home when they host the

Minnesota Wild on Monday.

The Flames are 4-0-3 since a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens

on December 8 and a major reason for their surge has been the

stellar play of Bourque.

A 27-year-old in his first season with Calgary, Bourque recorded

his first career hat trick in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Ottawa


He is two goals shy of matching his career high, set as a rookie

with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2005-06.

Calgary is seeking its third consecutive overall victory and has

a good chance of reaching that mark, considering it is 11-4-3 at

home this season.

The Wild have been mired in a dismal slump throughout December.

They are coming off a 4-1 setback against the Chicago Blackhawks

on Sunday, and are 3-8-1 this month.

Minnesota star Marian Gaborik is likely to miss his second

straight game after playing four in a row. The team is slowly

working the two-time All-Star back into the lineup after a lower

body injury sidelined him for 27 games.


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