INTO THE WILD
Tonight's match-up is the first meeting between the Flames and Wild this season. Last year, Calgary went 3-0-0 against Minnesota, outscoring the Wild 9-3. Sean Monahan led the charge with one goal and three points in three games against Minnesota. Trailing him was Johnny Gaudreau (one goal, two points), Kris Versteeg (one goal, two points) and Troy Brouwer (two assists).
The Flames' last win against the Wild came on Feb. 1, 2017 when they collected a 5-1 victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS VS. MINNESOTA
TJ Brodie scored his first NHL goal against the Wild on Nov. 27, 2011.
Eddie Lack recorded his 50th career win against Minnesota on Mar. 16, 2017.
Michael Stone recorded his first NHL point against the Wild on Mar. 8, 2012.
ONE AWAY FROM 200
Veteran netminder Mike Smith is one win shy of 200 in his career. In his first season with the Flames, Smith has 4-3-0 record with a 2.51 GAA and a .930 save percentage.
Gaudreau is off to the blazing start this season, leading the Flames with 10 points through seven skates. He has netted two goals and leads his team with eight assists.
The Flames have no injuries. The Wild have four players on the shelf: Zach Parise (five games missed, undisclosed), Mikael Granlund (four games missed, groin), Charlie Coyle (two games missed, right fibula fracture), and Nino Niedereitter (two games missed, high ankle sprain).
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Mike Smith needs 1 win for 200.
Mikael Backlund needs 4 goals for 100.
Troy Brouwer needs 6 games for 700.
Michael Frolik needs 13 assists for 200.
Tonight's game will be on CBC (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio) at 8:00 p.m. MT.
Limited tickets are available HERE.