|5||CALGARY||+190||Ov 5,-120||+190||Ov 5,-140|
|6||MINNESOTA||-230||Un 5,+100||-230||Un 5,+120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-15-0||-8.6||5-15||-8.6||9-11||2.0||27.2||3.4||29.3|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+4.8||4-1||+4.8||1-4||3.2||26.8||2.0||31.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||44||119||43||32||42||2||6||1206||9.9%||146||27||18.5%||206|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||20||41||16||12||12||1||0||545||7.5%||76||13||17.1%||72|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||3||4||8||1||1||134||11.9%||12||2||16.7%||26|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||17||43||17||14||12||0||2||509||8.4%||62||6||9.7%||74|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||148||43||50||51||4||7||1287||11.5%||138||26||18.8%||250|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||68||22||23||21||2||3||587||11.6%||63||9||14.3%||117|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||3||2||5||0||0||158||6.3%||14||0||0.0%||18|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||59||14||21||21||3||4||497||11.9%||60||12||20.0%||98|
|LELAND IRVING (All Games)||6||5||128||113||88.3%||0||2-3||-1.1||2-3-0||-1||4-1|
|LELAND IRVING (Road Games)||3||2||66||58||87.9%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||2-0|
|LELAND IRVING (vs. Division)||2||2||55||49||89.1%||0||0-2||-2.1||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|LELAND IRVING (Last 4 Games)||4||4||93||81||87.1%||0||1-3||-2.1||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|HENRIK KARLSSON (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|HENRIK KARLSSON (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|HENRIK KARLSSON (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (All Games)||23||23||618||545||88.2%||2||8-15||-7||8-15-0||-8||10-11|
|MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (Road Games)||10||10||256||222||86.7%||2||1-9||-7.7||1-9-0||-8||4-6|
|MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (vs. Division)||6||6||133||112||84.2%||0||1-5||-4.7||1-5-0||-5||3-3|
|MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (Last 4 Games)||4||4||121||110||90.9%||0||2-2||+0.8||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|JOEY MACDONALD (All Games)||18||14||469||422||90.0%||0||7-7||+1.3||7-7-0||+1||7-7|
|JOEY MACDONALD (Road Games)||9||7||226||207||91.6%||0||3-4||+0.1||3-4-0||0||3-4|
|JOEY MACDONALD (vs. Division)||9||8||276||250||90.6%||0||4-4||+1||4-4-0||+1||4-4|
|JOEY MACDONALD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||127||119||93.7%||0||3-1||+3.4||3-1-0||+3||1-3|
|DANIEL TAYLOR (All Games)||2||2||68||62||91.2%||1||1-1||+0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|DANIEL TAYLOR (Road Games)||1||1||37||33||89.2%||1||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|DANIEL TAYLOR (vs. Division)||1||1||31||29||93.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|DANIEL TAYLOR (Last 4 Games)||2||2||68||62||91.2%||1||1-1||+0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||13-8-0||+3.1||13-8||+3.1||7-10||2.4||30.0||2.2||26.1|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.5||2-3||-1.5||3-1||2.4||29.8||3.4||22.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||44||115||27||46||35||7||6||1250||9.2%||142||26||18.3%||195|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||21||50||13||17||15||5||3||630||7.9%||77||11||14.3%||87|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||3||4||5||0||0||149||8.1%||11||2||18.2%||19|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||15||48||11||16||19||2||2||451||10.6%||51||10||19.6%||82|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||115||35||37||40||3||3||1205||9.5%||128||23||18.0%||191|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||46||14||17||13||2||2||549||8.4%||64||8||12.5%||70|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||3||4||9||1||1||113||15.0%||7||2||28.6%||29|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||36||10||11||14||1||2||401||9.0%||41||7||17.1%||60|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||38||37||991||901||90.9%||1||21-16||+3.5||21-16-0||+3||17-17|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||19||18||484||444||91.7%||1||10-8||-0.1||10-8-0||0||7-8|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (vs. Division)||14||14||364||332||91.2%||0||11-3||+7.7||11-3-0||+7||8-5|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||91||78||85.7%||0||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||3-0|
|MATT HACKETT (All Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Last 4 Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||3||2||34||32||94.1%||1||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|JOSH HARDING (vs. Division)||1||0||6||6||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||6||3||119||109||91.6%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)||1||1||31||29||93.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|DARCY KUEMPER (vs. Division)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||4||1||58||52||89.7%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: CALGARY 3.18, MINNESOTA 3.15|
|3/26/2013||at CHICAGO||0-2||L||0, +155||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/27/2013||COLORADO||4-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/29/2013||COLUMBUS||4-6||L||0, -145||L||5 ov||O|
|4/1/2013||at EDMONTON||1-4||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/3/2013||EDMONTON||2-8||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/5/2013||at SAN JOSE||1-2||L||0, +240||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/6/2013||at VANCOUVER||2-5||L||0, +255||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/8/2013||at COLORADO||3-1||W||0, +130||W||5.5 ov||U|
|4/10/2013||VANCOUVER||1-4||L||0, +165||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/12/2013||PHOENIX||3-2||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/13/2013||at EDMONTON||4-1||W||0, +170||W||5.5 ev||U|
|4/15/2013||MINNESOTA||3-4||L||0, +135||L||5 ov||O|
|4/17/2013||DETROIT||3-2||W||0, +140||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/19/2013||ANAHEIM||3-1||W||0, +140||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/21/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|4/23/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|4/25/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|4/26/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|3/25/2013||at DALLAS||7-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/27/2013||PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/29/2013||at DALLAS||3-5||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/30/2013||LOS ANGELES||4-3||W||0, +105||W||5 ev||O|
|4/1/2013||ST LOUIS||1-4||L||0, -125||L||5 ev||P|
|4/3/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-4||L||0, +130||L||5 ov||O|
|4/4/2013||at LOS ANGELES||0-3||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||U|
|4/7/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-0||W||0, -105||W||5 ov||U|
|4/9/2013||CHICAGO||0-1||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|4/11/2013||ST LOUIS||0-2||L||0, -110||L||5 un||U|
|4/13/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -145||L||5 ov||P|
|4/15/2013||at CALGARY||4-3||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||O|
|4/16/2013||at EDMONTON||5-3||W||0, +100||W||5 ev||O|
|4/18/2013||at SAN JOSE||1-6||L||0, +130||L||5 un||O|
|4/23/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|4/27/2013||at COLORADO|| |
LAST SEASON: 37-29-16, 90 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Western Conference.
COACH: Bob Hartley, first season.
ADDED: D Dennis Wideman, LW Jiri Hudler, C Roman Cervenka.
LOST: C Olli Jokinen, RW David Ross, D Scott Hannan, RW Guillaume Desbiens, RW Tom Kostopoulous.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Alex Tanguay, who played for Hartley a decade ago in Colorado, will be more familiar with the coach than his teammates. If he can click on the top line with Jarome Iginla, the Flames may have a puncher's chance.
OUTLOOK: Despite the addition of Cervenka, the Flames should be weak enough on defense to keep G Miikka Kiprusoff busy. If Tanguay and other forwards can click with Iginla, they may have a chance at catching lightning in a bottle, but in a tough division with the formidable Avalanche and Canucks, they would do well to nick the last playoff spot.
LAST SEASON: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (CALGARY-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Flames-Wild Preview* =====================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Calgary (18-22-4) at Minnesota (24-17-3), 6:00 p.m. EDT
Still chasing their first playoff berth in five seasons, the Minnesota Wild picked a bad time to deliver one of their worst defensive performances of the season. They also have plenty of room for improvement on the offensive end as they return to St. Paul.
Minnesota will try to snap a season-worst four-game home losing streak on Sunday night against the Calgary Flames.
After finishing no better than third in the Northwest Division since their last postseason series in 2008, the Wild (24-17-3) are still in contention to end Vancouver's four-year run atop the division. Minnesota is a handful of points off the Canucks' pace, but it also could easily fall out of the top eight in the Western Conference.
The Wild fell to seventh on Thursday \2013 two points ahead of the eighth seed \2013 with a 6-1 loss to San Jose. It was the most goals allowed by the club all season.
"We didn't deserve anything today," goaltender Niklas Backstrom told the league's official website after getting pulled following five goals allowed. "\2026. We have to get back to playing our game. If we play the right way, we'll be fine.
"Sunday is the biggest day of the season for us. We have to make sure we get better by then."
The Wild, who open a three-game homestand before closing the season at Colorado on Saturday, can't get much worse at Xcel Energy Center, where they've scored three goals in four games this month. Minnesota's last five-game skid on home ice was from Feb. 28-March 17, 2012.
Hosting a Flames team finishing off a fourth straight non-playoff season is no guarantee the Wild can get back on track. Calgary (18-22-4) arrives following its fifth win in seven games, 3-1 over Anaheim in Friday's home finale, and seeking a season-high third straight victory. The star Friday was veteran goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who made 32 saves in what could have been his final game in Calgary.
"It's up to him (if he wants to retire), it's his decision and what he wants to do with his life but if it is his last games, then completely fitting," said Michael Cammalleri, who set up two goals. "He was awesome."
Kiprusoff has been outstanding in his last five starts against the Wild \2013 going 4-0-1 with a 1.77 goals-against average \2013 but he has not been in net for any of the four matchups this season. If Kiprusoff doesn't make a third consecutive start, Joey MacDonald will be between the pipes as the Flames go for their first three-game winning streak since a five-game run from March 6-15, 2012.
MacDonald, who inked a one-year deal on Saturday, has started the last three games between these division rivals. He stopped 28 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss at Minnesota on Feb. 26 then made 23 saves in Monday's 4-3 home loss.
Minnesota newcomer Jason Pominville scored twice in that contest, giving him goals against every NHL team except for Buffalo, where he spent his entire career before being traded on April 3. No other Wild player has more than one goal against the Flames this season.
Jiri Hudler, Matt Stajan and Alex Tanguay, who is out for the season with a sprained MCL, each have found the back of the net twice to lead Calgary in the season series.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 6:24:00 PM EST|