GAME: Calgary Flames (13-8-1-3) at Minnesota Wild (9-13-5-0).
TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST.
The Calgary Flames look to win five straight games for the first time since
1997, and extend their point streak to 11 contests when they meet the Minnesota
Wild for the second time in five days.
The Flames, who beat the Wild 2-1 at home Friday, extended their winning
streak to four with a 6-1 victory over Pittsburgh at the Pengrowth Saddledome
on Sunday. Calgary hasn't won five straight since February 1997.
The Flames have earned a point in 10 straight contests (7-0-1-2).
Shean Donovan also extended a streak Sunday, scoring three goals and adding
an assist for his first career hat trick. The forward has scored a goal in six
straight games, and is tied with Detroit's Brett Hull for the longest goal
streak in the NHL this season.
On Monday, Donovan was named the NHL offensive player of the week.
"He's been an inspiration for everybody for the last three weeks," Flames
forward Martin Gelinas said of Donovan. "He's got a lot of speed as we all
know but he's finishing around the net right now. He's exciting to watch and to
Miikka Kiprusoff made 21 saves to win his fourth in a row and improve to 6-1
since joining Calgary in a trade with the San Jose Sharks three weeks ago. The
goalie helped give the Flames a sweep of the weekly NHL awards, taking
defensive player honors Monday.
Minnesota's offensive slump continued Saturday when it skated to a 1-1 tie
with the Vancouver Canucks, the sixth straight game it has scored just one
The Wild held a 1-0 lead until Vancouver tied the game with 2:52 left in
regulation. Minnesota has one win in its last eight games.
"We can't get down just because we score one goal -- we play good defense,"
said Christoph Brandner, who scored the Wild's goal. "For sure maybe we got to
put another chance in the net, but I think that's coming."
Calgary has won two of three meetings with Minnesota this season, including
a 3-2 victory in St. Paul on Oct. 21.