Even though Minnesota is in 10th place in the standings and Calgary is in 28th place, their last ten games have been evenly matched at 5-4-1. The Wild have a record of 29-21-6 overall while the Flames are 20-27-7.
With six points in four games, Jason Pominville will be tough to beat. Zach Parise has recently been named captain of Team USA at the Sochi Olympics and for good reason – he’s earned 34 points in 41 games so far this season.
Mikael Backlund has six points in five games, Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist in the last game against the San Jose Sharks, and Mark Giordano has four points in his last five games as well. With the strength and power of Lance Bouma, the effort and heart of Brian McGrattan, and the close chances that Kevin Westgarth has had lately, Calgary is on a roll and ready to rumble. The Flames have been on fire, winning four consecutive home games and redeeming themselves after a disastrous post-Christmas schedule.
The projected line-up for the Flames has Mike Cammalleri returning tonight even though he was supposed to be back on Thursday. A last minute line-up change kept him sidelined for one more game due to his concussion. Curtis Glencross is still out with an ankle sprain.
Puck drop is 8pm on Hockey Night In Canada or you can listen on the radio to The Fan 960.
Go Flames Go!