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Preview: Mikael Backlund and the Flames Close Out The Season On The Road Against The Wild

Red hot Mikael Backlund leads the Calgary Flames into Minnesota to finish the regular season against the Wild.

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Calgary Flames @ Minnesota Wild, 7 PM ET, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames disappointing 2015-16 season ends today with a trip to Minnesota to take on the Wild. The Flames are currently 0-2 against the Wild and have been outscored 11-5 this season. Calgary and the Wild last tangled on March 24th and the Flames lost 6-2. Niklas Backstrom got the start in that game and will get the start tonight as well. The Flames come into this final game a modest 2-1 in their last 3 having scored 16 goals over that time frame. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes into this game in a hardcore free fall having dropped their last 4 games as they head into the playoffs. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Minnesota Wild
34-40-7 Record 38-32-11
75 Points 87
5th Pacific Division 5th Central
12th West Conference 8th West
4-6 Last 10 Games 6-4
227 Goals For 212
256 Goals Against 202
Gaudreau (30) Goals Parise (25)
Gaudreau (78) Points Koivu (56)
Ramo (.909) SV % Dubnyk (.918)
21st (17.2%) PP 12th (18.9%)
30th (75.0%) PK 27th (77.7%)

The Flames last took the ice on Thursday and demolished the Vancouver Canucks 7-3. What looked like was going to be a goal for goal type game quickly turned into a Flames route. Calgary got goals from Mikael Backlund, Dougie Hamilton, Joe Colborne, Sam Bennett and Deryk Engelland with Backlund getting a hat trick. Joni Ortio got the start and looked rough early, but managed to settle in stopping 24 of 27 shots. Here's the highlights:

The Wild last skated on Tuesday night and dropped their 4th straight as they lost to the San Jose Sharks 3-0. Devan Dubnyk got the start and gave up 3 goals on 20 shots. Here's the highlights:

Starting Goalies

Calgary Flames

Niklas Backstrom: 1-2-0, GAA: 4.16, SV% .836

Minnesota Wild

Devan Dubnyk (expected): 32-26-6, GAA: 235, SV% .918

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames: Mikael Backlund, 7 points in last 5 games (6 goals, 1 assist)

Minnesota Wild: Zach Parise, 4 points in last 5 games (1 goal, 3 assists)


Calgary Flames: Karri RamoDennis WidemanLadislav SmidMichael FrolikLance Bouma, Deryk Engelland, Derek Grant, Jakub Nakladal

Minnesota Wild: Thomas Vanek, Ryan Carter