NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, February 27th
(All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (30-24-5) at Calgary Flames (36-18-6), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Just three points shy of becoming Calgary's all-time
scoring leader, Jarome Iginla will try to help the Flames extend their point
streak to nine games tonight in a home test with the Minnesota Wild at
Iginla posted two goals and a pair of assists in Tuesday's 4-1 win over
Columbus, giving him 828 points in his career. Already the club's all-time
leading goal scorer with 398 markers, Iginla is just two points shy of Theo
Fleury's club record of 830 points he notched in 791 games with the club.
Iginla has been held without a point in three games versus the Wild so far
this year, but has 27 goals and 20 assists in 46 career games against them.
The captain leads Calgary this year with 42 assists and 66 points and is
second with 24 goals.
Mike Cammalleri recorded his team-best 30th goal of the season in Tuesday's
win and added two helpers, reaching the 30-goal mark for the second time in
his career. He is four shy of the personal best 34 he netted with the Los
Angeles Kings in 2006-07.
Dion Phaneuf also scored for the Flames, who have won three straight and five
of their last six games overall. Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves in a win that
improved Calgary to 5-0-3 over its last eight games.
The Northwest Division-leading Flames did play without Daymond Langkow for a
third straight game due to a bruised hand and he is doubtful for tonight.
Langkow is fourth on the club with 18 goals.
Calgary plays the middle test of a three-game homestand tonight and is 21-7-4
as the host this year.
The Flames have won all three of their meetings so far this year with the
Wild, though both victories in Minnesota came in overtime. Calgary has won
five in a row as the host versus the Wild and eight of the last nine meetings
The Wild, who have just one win in their last 13 trips to Calgary, had notched
big wins over Detroit and Chicago last weekend, but fell in defeat to Los
Angeles, 2-1, on Tuesday.
The Kings' Drew Doughty had the winner in the shootout, as Minnesota did
manage to record a point for a fourth straight game (2-0-2). The Wild haven't
notched a point in five straight since going 6-0-1 to begin the season.
Antti Miettinen lit the lamp versus the Kings and Niklas Backstrom took the
hard-luck loss after turning aside 24-of-25 shots. Owen Nolan, who leads the
Wild with 17 goals on the season, missed Tuesday's game due to a broken toe
suffered versus Chicago on Sunday. He is out for tonight's game and is also
unlikely to play in Saturday's test versus Edmonton.
Minnesota, which is one of four teams tied for the final two playoff spots in
the Western Conference, begins a season-long six-game road trip tonight and is
12-13-0 as the visitor this season.
02/27 10:41:45 ET