It's hard to believe but this will be the first meeting between the Flames and the Wild this season. But it is indeed the first of six meetings between the two Northwest Division teams.
The Wild have lost five straight heading into the game and could be a burly bunch when they face the Flames. They have been struggling to score lately.
During the losing streak they have been outscored 13-5 and scored a goal or less in four of those games. They may get a boost by the return of the speedy and crafty Marian Gaborik who has been out with groin issues since the second game of the season. He was skating this week and the indications are that he will be in the line-up tonight
Tonight's Probable Roster
Calgary owned the Wild last season, compiling a 6-2-0 record against the tight-checking Jacques Lemaire crew. The teams were relatively even in the scoring department with the Flames putting 21 in the Wild nets and the Wild returning the favour with 20 goals against the Flames.
Jarome Iginla paced the Flames with six goals and five assists against the Wild while Marian Gaborik had four goals and nine assists in seven games against the Flames last season. The Flames captain is one point shy of 800 after collecting four points in a 6-3 win Tuesday in St. Louis.
The Flames, following Tuesday's win, are now tied with Vancouver for first place in the Northwest Division. They will need to break with an early season trend tonight if they want to keep pace in the division. This is the fifth back-to-back game of the season for the Flames and they have not won the second leg yet (0-3-1).