Minnesota (16-11-2) at Calgary (14-10-3)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Tue Dec 12, 2006
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It’s fitting that the Calgary Flames have the chance to set the franchise record for longest home winning streak against a team they’ve dominated lately.

The Flames go for their record 10th straight win at Pengrowth Saddledome on Tuesday when they host the Minnesota Wild in the second meeting between the Northwest Division rivals this season.

After losing three of its first five home games this season, Calgary (14-10-3) has rattled off nine consecutive wins, including a 5-3 victory over Vancouver on Saturday. The Flames are outscoring teams 32-9 during their impressive run.

“We’re a real confident group here,” said Matthew Lombardi, who scored Saturday to help the Flames equal the record last reached Feb. 21-March 14, 1991. “It’s a confidence we have right now in everybody and we’re obviously lacking a little of that on the road. We have to take that same mentality there.”

Calgary has won four in a row at home against Minnesota (16-11-2) and is 9-1-1 with three ties there all time.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has been key to that effort, posting a 5-0-0 record with one tie and a 1.32 goals-against average in six home starts against the Wild. The 2005-06 Vezina Trophy winner is 8-3-1 with a tie and a 1.75 GAA in 13 overall starts versus them.

Jarome Iginla had a goal and two assists in Saturday’s win and extended a pair of streaks with his first three-point game of the season.

Iginla has four assists, but also has recorded goals in five straight games — his longest run since Feb. 10-19, 2004. Iginla had a a career-high six-game goal scoring streak from March 2-11, 2002 when he had career-highs of 52 goals and 96 points.

Iginla’s strong play has helped Calgary go 4-0-1 in its last five overall with the only loss coming 3-2 in a shootout to Minnesota on Thursday.

Rhett Warrener and Iginla scored second-period goals to erase a two-goal deficit and force overtime. Brian Rolston and Mikko Koivu beat Kiprusoff to give Minnesota its league-leading seventh shootout win this season.

Mark Parrish made sure Minnesota didn’t need a shootout Saturday, scoring 3:18 into overtime to complete his first hat trick this season and lift the Wild to a 5-4 win over Chicago.

Parrish, who snapped a six-game scoring drought and looked more like the player Minnesota was hoping for when it signed him to a five-year, $13.25 million contract in the offseason, was praised by coach Jacques Lemaire.

“That’s exactly what we expected of him when he came in,” he said. “Not getting three goals every game, but playing the way he’s playing right now. He plays like that, he plays with more intensity. And if you look in detail, you’ll see that he does a great job along the boards.”

Parrish, though, has just two goals in 12 career games versus Calgary.

Pavol Demitra returned after being sidelined eight games with a concussion and had a season-high three points. The Wild still were without Marian Gaborik, who has missed 22 games with a groin injury and isn’t expected to be with the team Tuesday.

Rolston had two assists for his third straight multipoint game Saturday and has a six-game point streak against the Flames with three goals and four assists in that span. Two of those goals were short-handed and the other came on the power play.

Wild goaltender Manny Fernandez has a 1.97 GAA in 20 career starts against the Calgary, but is just 8-10 with two ties.

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