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Minnesota Wild vs Calgary Flames: Game 25

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Minnesota Wild (11-11-2) vs Calgary Flames (10-13-2)


Xcel Energy Center @ 7:00 PM CST Television: KSTC 45(HD)
Listen live on Wild.com


For the Calgary perspective, check out Matchsticks and Gasoline

Minnesota Wild
Calgary Flames

Andrew Brunette - Mikko Koivu - Antti Miettinen
Cal Clutterbuck - Matt Cullen - Patrick O`Sullivan
Pierre-Marc Bouchard - Kyle Brodziak - Martin Havlat
Eric Nystrom - John Madden - Brad Staubitz

Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky
Nick Schultz - Brent Burns
Cam Barker - Jared Spurgeon

Niklas Backstrom
Jose Theodore

Alex Tanguay - Matt Stajan - Jarome IginlaNiklas Hagman - Olli Jokinen - Rene BourqueCurtis Glencross - Mikael Backlund - Brendan MorrisonStefen Meyer - David Moss - Tom Kostopoulos

Robyn Regehr - Jay BouwmeesterMark Giordano - Anton BabchukCory Sarich - Brendan Mikkelson

Miikka KiprusoffHenrik Karlsson

You don't have to think too hard to remember the embarrassment that was the last Calgary Flames game. A boring first period, a peutrid second, and a third to try to catch up that just didn't work. It was a summary and a preview of every game for the Wild this season. The best part? You get to live it all over again tonight.

Chuck Fletcher has thrown down the gauntlet. Perform, or someone is on their way out. The pressure has been ratcheted up, the message made crystal clear. How the professionals respond will speak volumes of their resolve. Todd Richards has been given a pass, this time. The spotlight is on the players. Will they shrink away from the attention, or step up and thrill?

The secret to beating the Flames is not much of a secret, as evidenced that the sit below the Oilers (!) in the standings. Put pucks on the net, drive hard, be physical, and make the chances count. Defending your own goaltender would probably help, too. The constant 30+ shots against just begs for another loss.

Limit the chances for Jarome Iginla, make your own chances count for once, and protect the goalie. Seems like a simple game plan. Your GM is watching. Where do you want to play tomorrow?

Five Questions:

  1. With the pressure on, how do the Wild respond?
    Can they limit the Flames to less than 30 SOG?
    Does Bouchard get regular minutes with Havlat tonight?
    How does Kaptain Koivu respond to his team being called on the mat?
    How many make it to the game with 6-8 inches of snow predicted?