Tonight the Wild try to build a winning streak for just the 2nd time since Thanksgiving as they are in the Saddle Dome to face the Calgary Flames. Matt Dumba has been recalled and he will dress for Christian Folin and most likely will be paired with Nate Prosser. Dumba moved to Calgary when he was 6 and has called it home ever since. Word has it there will be 20+ family & friends in attendance for the young blue liner. The former 1st round pick called the opportunity a "dream come true."
Matt Cooke made it to practice today and will dress after dealing with a personal matter on the home front. He skated with Brodziak and Fontaine in practice today which was the same pairing from Tuesday. Mikael Granlund played well on Tuesday after missing a month becasue of a wrist injury. He skated on the top line with Parise and Vanek and the trio had plenty of opportunities getting pucks to net. It was Nino Niederreiter & Charlie Coyle scoring the goals for Minnesota last Tuesday, despite both playing on the 4th line. Coyle called it a wake-up call and it was Nino's first goal in 17 games. Devan Dubnyk starts again and is 6-5-3 with a 2.42 GAA, .914 SV% and one shutout in 15 games (14 starts) against Clargary. Jonas Hiller starts for the Flames owning a 11-5-1 record with a 2.39 GAA, a .914 SV% and one shutout in 19 games (17 starts) vs. Minnesota.
In what used to be a house of horrors for Minnesota, the Saddle Dome has been kinder to the Wild as they've collected points in nine of its last 13 games in Calgary (8-4-1) after starting the all-time series 3-18-4. There is lpenty to be excited about in Calgary. Former college superstar at Boston College, Johnny Gordeau (or Johnny hockey) is at the ripe age of 21 and having a phenomenal rookie campaign, leading the team in goals (15). Calgary has had steady-play from their top 4 defenders too. Mark Giordano leads all NHL defensemen with 41 points and is making his case for a Norris Trophy. His partner, TJ Brodie is tied for 11th with 30 points and leads the NHL with a plus-25. Dennis Wideman & Kris Russell round out the top 4 and they have a knack for scoring. The two have combined for 45 points this season (12+33=45). If the playoffs started today, the Flames would be in the playoffs as the 8th and final seed. Check back at 7:45 (I love these late games) for the gamethread and Go Wild!