Calgary Flames @ Minnesota Wild, 6 PM MT, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
|TV: RSNW, FSN|
|Radio: Sportsnet 960|
The Flames have dropped 4 in a row and have looked uninspired and flat in each loss. As if the losing streak wasn’t bad enough, Calgary has dropped 6 of their last 7 and find themselves only 1 point ahead of last place Arizona in the Western Conference standings. The Xcel Energy Center hasn’t exactly been a home away from home for the Flames either. Calgary finds themselves 19-22-1 in St. Paul and they are 1-4 in their last 5 when visiting the Wild.
The Wild find themselves comfortably sitting in a 3 way tie for 4th place in the West and are 6 points ahead of the Flames. The Wild started off hot this season going 6-3-1 in their first 10, but are an even 2-2 over their last 4. The Wild are 12th in the league in goals scored, but where they really excel is in keeping the puck out of their net. The Wild have allowed a league low 28 goals and are top 5 in PK%.
Here’s how the teams match-up:
|Calgary Flames||Minnesota Wild|
|6th Pacific||Division||3rd Central|
|9th West||Conference||4th West|
|Frolik (5)||Goals||Staal (5)|
|Frolik (10)||Points||Staal (13)|
|Johnson (.893)||Save %||Dubnyk (.947)|
|9.4 % (29th)||PP %||14.3 % (21st)|
|73.0 % (29th)||PK %||88.1 % (5th)|
Calgary Flames 1 NY Rangers 4
The Flames last played Saturday night and were lucky to only surrender 4 goals in a 4-1 loss to the high powered NY Rangers. Here’s our recap, the highlights, Glen Gulutzan’s post game presser and stats from the contest.
Minnesota Wild 2 Ottawa Senators 1 (OT)
The Wild last took to the ice on Sunday and took down the Senators in OT to improve to 8-5-1. Matt Dumba broke the tie with his second goal of the season in overtime to give them Wild the 2-1 win. Hockey Wilderness has the recap and NHL.com has the highlights.
|Flames: Elliott (E)||3-8-0||3.36||.882|
|Wild: Dubnyk (E)||6-4-1||1.65||.947|
Players to Watch
Calgary Flames: Matthew Tkachuk (F). Tkachuk missed the last game after leaving practice with a cut on his hand. The Flames were noticeably flat and lacked energy without Tkachuk on the ice. In 4 games this month, the young winger has 2 goals and has 3 of his 6 points on the road. The Flames will need his “enthusiastic” presence on the ice if they plan on hanging with the Wild.
Minnesota Wild: Eric Staal (C). Staal has 4 points in Minnesota’s last 5 games and is a +7 when the Wild win. While his +/- in Wild wins is impressive, he’s also been piling up the points in those wins. Of his 13 points on the season, 10 have come when the Wild find the win column. The good news for the Flames is that Staal only has 2 points in his last 5 against Calgary.