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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Minnesota Wild 12/2/16 (27/82)

The Flames will try for 2 in a row as the Minnesota Wild visit the Dome.

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

Calgary Flames vs Minnesota Wild, 7 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNW, Fox Sports Net Plus
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Minnesota Wild come knocking in the second game of Calgary’s brief 3 game home stand on Friday night. These two team locked horns back on November 15th with the Flames winning 1-0. That will be remembered less for the score, but more for the 21 (!) slashes that Johnny Gaudreau took on his hand, one that broke his finer and has had him sidelined since that game. Since that game the Flames are 4-4-1 and have struggled at time to score goals. The Flames have scored 18 goals over those those 9 games, but to counteract that brutal offence, Chad Johnson has played outstanding in goal. Johnson has 2 shut outs in 4 of the Flames wins. Calgary could string together a nice little two game winning streak with a win tonight at the Dome, where they are 4-6-0 in their last 10 against the Wild.

The Wild have have been inconsistent this month, as they are 4-5-1 in their last 10, including dropping their two games by a goal each. Minnesota has only been a little better than the Flames at scoring over those 10, as they have only 1 game where they scored more than 3 goals (6-2 win over Pittsburgh).

It will be interesting to see if the Flames seek some sort of revenge tonight or do the smart thing and try to get the 2 points and put a stranglehold on the season series. Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Minnesota Wild
11-13-2 Record 11-8-3
24 Points 25
5th Pacific Division 3rd Central
8th West Conference 7th West
3-2-0 Last 5 2-2-1
59 Goals For 62
76 Goals Against 46
Frolik (6) Goals Coyle (8)
Frolik (15) Points Staal (16)
Johnson (.930) Save % Dubnyk (.946)
10.1 % (30th) PP % 18.5 % (14th)
77.3 % (27th) PK % 82.8 % (16th)

Starting Goalies
(E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Record GAA Save %
Flames: Johnson (E) 8-4-1 2.06 .930
Wild: Dubnyk (E) 9-6-2 1.66 .946

Calgary Flames 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 0

The Flames last took to the ice on Wednesday night and in a span of :49 seconds sent the Toronto Maple Leafs packing. Calgary got 3 first period goals and Chad Johnson was spectacular stopping all 39 shots he faced to get his 3rd shut out of the season. Here’s our recap, the highlights and stats from the contest.

Flames Stats vs Maple Leafs 11/30/16
Goals Shots Shots Allowed Hits PIM FOW Giveaways Takeaways PP PK
3 29 39 11 4 29/50 11 17 0/2 2/2

Minnesota Wild 4 Vancouver Canucks 5

The Wild last skated on Tuesday night and dropped a high scoring affair to the Vancouver Canucks 5-4. The Wild got 2 power play markers during the contest, but they couldn’t stop Vancouver from scoring as Darcy Kuemper gave up 5 goals on 35 shots. Hockey Wilderness has the recap and NHL.com provides the highlights.

Players to Watch

Calgary Flames v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Calgary Flames: Kris Versteeg (F). Versteeg has been red hot since returning to the Flames lineup on November 23rd. The Alberta product has a goal and 2 assists in the 4 games he’s been back and offence looks like it has some life in it when he’s on the ice. In his last 5 games against the Wild he’s had only 1 point.

Minnesota Wild v Dallas Stars - Game Five Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Minnesota Wild: Nino Niederreiter (F). Niederreiter came up pointless against the Flames in their previous match up (to be fair, all of the Wild did as they were shut out), but he was a thorn in the Flames side last season. In 3 games against the Flames Niederreiter had goal and 2 assists and was a +3. Nino is 3rd on the Wild in points with 14 and has 9 of those have come on the road (4G 5A).