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Minnesota Wild vs Calgary Flames: Game 69

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Minnesota Wild (29-29-10) vs Calgary Flames (31-25-12)

Xcel Energy Center @ 5:00 PM CDTTelevision: FSN
Listen Live at: KFAN (100.3) or Wild.com

For the Flames perspective, check out Matchsticks and Gasoline

Minnesota Wild Calgary Flames

Dany Heatley - Kyle Brodziak - Nick Palmieri
Cal Clutterbuck - Matt Cullen - Devin Setoguchi
Stephane Veilleux - Warren Peters - Jed Ortmeyer
Matt Kassian - Darroll Powe - Nick Johnson

Marco Scandella - Clayton Stoner (?)
Steven Kampfer - Tom Gilbert
Nate Prosser - Justin Falk

Matt Hackett
Josh Harding (?)

Does anyone really care?

The Flames are 6 points ahead of the Wild in playoff position, just two points out of the 8 spot. If there is a team in the league you want to play in this position, it's the Minnesota Wild.

Matt Hackett will start. Who backs him up? Could be Harding, could be Mike Russo, you never know. In a game with so few meaningful implications for the Wild, why not just sign the beer leaguer and pray nothing happens? Why would you possibly risk Harding's injury getting worse? It just makes no sense.

Mike Yeo says any player who can play will play. If I'm Chuck Fletcher, I may override that, but maybe that's why I'm not an NHL GM.

Tough to muster up much for this game. The Wild need to lose, the Flames need to win. Jusding by the way Minnesota sports work, the Wild should win 5-1.

Enjoy the game.

Five Questions:

  1. Will someone from a NW division site show up tonight to give us a lecture?
  2. If Alberta declared independence from Canada, would anyone really miss them?
  3. Which is worse - The Canucks or the combined uselessness of Alberta NHL hockey fans?
  4. Who is your least favorite player in the province of Alberta?
  5. Since this seems to have so much traction... If Taylor Hall were to be traded from the Oilers to the Canucks, would it be possible to like him any less?
Enjoy the Wild's warm up songs before the game: