Minnesota Wild (21-20-6) at Calgary Flames (26-19-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 29, 2015, 9:00 PM (EST)|
Calgary Flames -125; O/U: 5.5
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The Wild and Flames do battle in Calgary on Thursday night as both teams look to improve their standing in the Western Conference wild card race.
The Minnesota Wild escaped from Edmonton with a 2-1 victory and they'll look to complete the Alberta sweep on Thursday night as they head into Calgary to take on the Flames. Minnesota has been among the bigger disappointments in the league this season as they have the pieces to make a run in the Western Conference but they haven't been able to put it together this season and a large part of that has to do with the struggles of Thomas Vanek. Heading into tobight's game the Wild sit in last place in the Central division but are only seven back of the Flames for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference and with just over 30 games remaining there is still plenty of time for Minnesota to catch fire though they know the Flames have been a tough team to play all season especially at home. Minny will likely go back to Devan Dubnyk as Darcy Kuemper continues his rehab stint in the AHL and he will go up against Jonas Hiller for Calgary.
The Flames have also been one of the league's biggest surprises this season but for much different reasons than the Wild as they have shocked everyone with how well they have played and have gone from being a league doormat to holding on to a playoff spot in the ultra competitive Western Conference. The Flames have a nice group to work with and have a ton of young talent that is making a difference and when you look forward this is going to be a very competitive team for many years to come and while the future is bright the players are focused on the present and that is sustaining a playoff drive and holding off some good competition. Calgary is 12-9-2 at home while the Wild are 10-13-1 on the road but are coming off a road win against the Oilers. This is going to be an exciting game and while Minny to me is the more desperate of the two teams I like the way that Calgary has been playing of late and I think they can get another one in the win column as Minny's downfall continues.