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It’s the annual dad’s trip for the Calgary Flames (21-17-5, 47 points), and the Flames players have fathers and other male mentors in tow for a couple road games. First, the Flames hit the Twin Cities to face the Minnesota Wild (20-17-5, 45 points), who are playing their second game in as many days.

The action begins just after 5 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West (and the other regional channels) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

The Flames

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Tkachuk – Lindholm – Mangiapane
Gaudreau – Monahan – Backlund
Lucic – Ryan – Dube
Bennett – Jankowski – Rieder

Giordano – Brodie
Hanifin – Hamonic
Stone – Andersson

David Rittich starts for the Flames, backed up by Cam Talbot. Today’s projected scratches are Oliver Kylington and Zac Rinaldo.

The Flames had a big home stand after their emotional win over the dastardly Edmonton Oilers after Christmas. They lost two of three, punctuated by some really rough first periods (where they allowed six goals in two losses and another two goals in a win). The Flames need to play more structured hockey, as interim coach Geoff Ward frequently states: structure allows talent to shine through.

The Wild

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Greenway – Staal – Zuccarello
Parise – Koivu – Fiala
Foligno – Eriksson Ek – Kunin
Donato – Rask – Hartman

Suter – Spurgeon
Brodin – Dumba
Hunt – Soucy

Alex Stalock starts for Minnesota, backed up by Devan Dubnyk (who played yesterday). Yesterday’s extras were Nick Seeler and Louie Belpedio, so one or both could slot in given the back-to-back situation.

The Wild are playing their second game in two days – albeit without travel – as they hosted Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon. They got down early and then turned on the, uh, jets, putting 20 shots on net in the third period and overtime to win 3-2. They’re not a perfect team, but they’re good enough to find ways to win against good teams.

The Numbers

Flames Wild
Wins 21 20
Points 47 45
Adjusted Corsi 49.9% 48.7%
Power Play 18.1% 17.9%
Penalty Kill 82.7% 77.0%

Injury Report

The Flames are without D Juuso Valimaki (ACL surgery).

The Wild are missing F Jason Zucker (leg), D Greg Pateryn (hernia) and F Mason Shaw (knee).

When Last We Met

The Wild shut out Calgary right before Christmas by a 3-0 score. They’ll close out their season series on Thursday at the Saddledome.

Know Thy Enemy

Here are some key Twitter peeps to follow for tonight: