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Minnesota Wild @ Calgary Flames: Game 14

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Minnesota Wild (7-3-3) vs Calgary Flames (6-6-1)

Saddle Dome @ 8:30PM CDT Television: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Calgary perspective, check out Matchsticks and Gasoline

Minnesota Wild Calgary Flames

Devin Setoguchi - Mikko Koivu - Dany Heatley
Guillaume Latendresse - Matt Cullen - Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Colton Gillies - Kyle Brodziak - Cal Clutterbuck
Brad Staubitz - Darroll Powe - Nick Johnson

Justin Falk - Marek Zidlicky
Marco Scandella - Nick Schultz
Nate Prosser - Jared Spurgeon

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

Curtis Glencross - Olli Jokinen - Jarome Iginla
Alex Tanguay - Roman Horak - Lee Stempniak
Niklas Hagman - Matt Stajan - Rene Bourque
Tom Kostopoulos - David Moss - Tim Jackman

Scott Hannan - Mark Giordano
Jay Bouwmeester - Chris Butler
Derek Smith - Anton Babchuk

Miikka Kiprusoff
Henrik Karlsson

First game of a five game, nine day road trip. This one sets the tone for the others, and could be a strong indication of what this team is going to be. Do they come out slow and flat after a couple days off and a trip across the continent, or do they dig down and find some motivation and come out fast and sharp?

This is also the first time we will see Niklas Backstrom in five games. He has strong stats against the Flames, and the hex of the Saddledome is a thing of the past. On top of that, the Flames are a shell of their former selves, and the A game Wild should have zero problem with them. The C game Wild will get mopped up by the Flames.

It should be an interesting match up to be sure, with story lines abounding and any number of people being able to draw conclusions that may or may not actually be there. The easiest way to avoid all of this? Win.

Enjoy the game.

Five Questions:

  1. How does Backstrom look in his first start as the "backup?"
  2. The defense has been very good. Does that continue?
  3. Can the Wild lock down Wild slayer Jarome Iginla?
  4. Riding high, fine as wine, do the Wild have a hangover?
  5. We're done looking for Zidlicky, who steps up to replace him?