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Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames: Game 78

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Minnesota Wild (36-32-9) vs. Calgary Flames (44-27-6)

Pengrowth Saddledome @ 9:00 CST

Television: KSTC (12/45)
Listen live on WCCO.com
, or locally at 830 AM

For the Flames perspective, check out Matchsticks and Gasoline

Tonight's lines:

Minnesota Wild

Calgary Flames

Miettinen - Koivu - Brunette
Nolan - Belanger - Gaborik
Veilleux - Sheppard - Clutterbuck
Weller - Olvecky - Fritsche

Johnsson - Schultz
Zidlicky - Skoula
Scott - Bergeron

Backstrom
Harding

Boyd - Jokinen - Iginla
Cammalleri - Langkow - Lundmark
Glencross - Conroy - Bertuzzi
Nystrom - Peters - Van Der Gulik

Phaneuf - Vandermeer
Regehr - Aucoin
Sarich - Leopold

Kiprusoff
McElhinney

Notes

  • Calgary had a 10-point lead over Vancouver on March 6. Going 5-8-0 since then has put them in 2nd place.
  • Bouchard, Burns and Boogaard are still all out.
  • Miikka Kiprusoff has 24 wins over the Wild, most of any goaltender.
  • Calgary has won 10 of the last 11 matchups and is 22-4-2 against Minnesota since Nov. 1, 2005.
  • The Wild lose, and they are essentially out. As they trail eighth-place St. Louis by four points in the West.

Questions to Answer

  1. There were about 2500 no-shows against Vancouver, will tonight be better?
  2. Do the Flames fight for their Northwest Division lives?
  3. Will Gaborik continue to showcase himself for a nice, fat contract?
  4. Can the Wild find the back of the net and keep us hanging on?
  5. Should I have the giant bratwurst tonight or the pulled pork sandwich?