They kept the wolves at bay with the 2-1 OT win over Nashville. But if they follow that up by laying an egg against a beat-able Calgary team (even in Calgary) tonight, all bets are off. Especially with Vancouver tomorrow. The last two game road trip ended up fruitless for the Wild. They can't have that happen again this time. And the best chance for points in the standings on the trip is tonight.
So now the secondary guys are scoring, but the primary guys aren't. At some point you'd think they could get everyone going at once, but then California would fall into the ocean and the NYSE would implode, probably, so maybe we don't want that afterall.
The defense has been solid of late. That needs to continue.
Well Iginla's playing so it's already 1-0 Calgary. This iteration of the Flames team seems to be at that cross roads between like a 12th in the West finish or a snake in the grass surprise 8th place team. They have goaltending issues, especially with Kipper hurt, but they counter that by scoring at a good clip. Their overall plan is a little opaque to me, but I don't spend a lot of time paying attention to them, either.
GP MIN 11 CGY 9
GF/GM MIN 27th 2.09 CGY 13th 2.78
GA/GM MIN T14th 2.64 CGY 28th 3.44
PP% MIN T18th 17.1% CGY 4th 25.0%
PK% MIN 8th 85.4% CGY 27th 71.9%
Minnesota goes on...a winning streak!
Final score: 4-2 Wild
Wild goal scorer: Suter