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Preview: Calgary Flames @ Minnesota Wild 11/14/16 (17/82)

The Flames hit the road and travel to Minnesota where they’ll try to end a 4 game skid.

Minnesota Wild v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Calgary Flames @ Minnesota Wild, 6 PM MT, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

Broadcast Schedule
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:

Tale of the Tape
Calgary Flames
Minnesota Wild
5-10-1 Record 8-5-1
11 Points 17
6th Pacific Division 3rd Central
9th West Conference 4th West
1-4-0 Last 5 2-3-0
38 Goals For 41
58 Goals Against 28
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.

Flames Stats Vs NY Rangers 11/12/16
Goals Shots Shots Allowed Hits PIM FOW Giveways Takeaways PP PK
1 36 28 13 2 23/50 11 10 1/3 2/2

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 has the highlights.

Starting Goalies (E=Expected C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Elliott (E) 3-8-0 3.36 .882
Wild: Dubnyk (E) 6-4-1 1.65 .947

Players to Watch

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

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.