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Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames: Game 44

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Minnesota Wild (20-20-3) @ Calgary Flames (25-12-5)

Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 CST

Television: KSTC
Radio: WCCO 830 AM, or online at Wild.com

For the Calgary perspective, check out Matchsticks and Gasoline

Wild.com Game Preview

Minnesota Wild

Calgary Flames

Forwards
Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Petr Sykora - Eric Belanger - Cal Clutterbuck
Guillaume Latendresse - Andrew Ebbett - Martin Havlat
Robbie Earl - Kyle Brodziak
- Derek Boogaard

Defense
Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Kim Johnsson - Clayton Stoner
Shane Hnidy - Nick Schultz

Goalies
Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Forwards
Curtis Glencross - Daymond Langkow - Jarome Iginla
Nigel Dawes - Olli Jokinen - Rene Bourque
Eric Nystrom - Dustin Boyd - David Moss
Jason Jaffray - Brandon Prust - Fredrik Sjostrom

Defense
Jay Bouwmeester - Mark Giordano
Dion Phaneuf - Robyn Regehr
Adam Pardy - Cory Sarich

Goalies
Miikka Kiprusoff
Curtis McElhinney

Questions to Answer

  1. James Sheppard has found himself again on the outside looking in. If Robbie Earl plays, he will have to clear waivers in order to be sent back to Houston, as will James Sheppard. So ... if Robbie Earl plays well again (as he has every game he's played up here) is there any way they don't keep him on the roster the rest of the season?
  2. Martin Havlat is the hottest player on the roster. He seems to click with Ebbett and Latendresse nicely. Can he continue his excellent performance?
  3. The Wild power play is anemic at best, can they find some energy?
  4. Jarome Iginla has more points against the Wild than anyone else in NHL history, yet is goalless in the last eight games. Any chance that continues tonight?
  5. Most importantly, can the Wild break the losing streak against a fantastic Flames squad?