It’s January, so they aren’t must wins, but when you’re one of 7 teams within 5 points, fighting over 3 playoff spots, they’re all big games. And with the Minnesota Wild in town, a team chasing the Flames and desperate to start climbing in the standings, it was another big 4 pointer. And both teams played like it as the tempo was extremely fast all night.
The Wild are a difficult team to figure out because, on paper, they look like a really deep and dangerous team. Goaltending has been a big problem for sure, but it isn’t just that, as many of their big guns have been pretty quiet. The acquisition of Devan Dubnyk may be the tonic they have been looking for though, as they are 3-1 so far with him in net.
And he gave them stellar goaltending again tonight, turning away 30 shots for his 4th win and 2nd shutout in 6 games with the Wild. It was fast paced and very intense, with plenty of quality scoring chances at both ends. But in the end, it was a lone goal by Zach Parise off a turnover from Giordano in the first period that stood up as the difference. The final score was a frustrating 1-0 for Minnesota. - Full Article –