NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, January 6th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (25-12-5) at Minnesota Wild (20-20-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames will try to extend their season-high
winning streak to six games tonight at Xcel Energy Center versus the Minnesota
Wild, who will try to avoid matching their longest skid of the season.
The Flames come to town having won five straight thanks to last night's 3-1
victory in Nashville. David Moss scored for the first time since December 3, a
span of 14 games between goals, while Olli Jokinen lit the lamp for the first
time since December 9.
Daymond Langkow also scored and Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves for the Flames,
who moved one point past idle Colorado for first place in the Northwest
"We're getting a lot of chances, they just haven't been going in (lately),"
Langkow said. "I think the main thing is that we're creating chances, and if
we keep doing that, eventually we'll get rewarded."
Calgary also got a boost on its blue line, as Cory Sarich returned after
missing the last 19 games due to a foot injury.
The Flames, 13-5-3 on the road this season, haven't won six straight since
October 21-November 1, 2008.
They'll look to reach that mark tonight versus a Wild club that will try to
avoid matching a season-worst five-game slide set from October 8-17.
Minnesota's skid hit four games last night with a 4-1 setback at Chicago.
Guillaume Latendresse scored the only goal for the Wild and Josh Harding
allowed four goals on 33 shots in the losing effort.
"They can skate, they have skilled players and they have defensemen that can
join the rush, but I didn't get the feeling sitting on the bench that we were
out-matched," said Wild head coach Todd Richards.
Minnesota is 11th in the Western Conference with 43 points and begins a four-
game homestand tonight. The club is 12-6-1 as the host this year.
The Wild have won two straight over the Flames since halting a five-game
series losing streak. That includes a 2-1 overtime triumph in Calgary on
December 11 in which Martin Havlat scored with 1:45 left in OT.
Niklas Backstrom made 22 saves for Minnesota, while Kiprusoff turned aside 44
shots in a tough-luck loss.
The Flames have still won four of six and six of their last nine in Minnesota.
01/06 10:51:33 ET