The Flames made stops in Detroit, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on a five-game road trip and recorded a 1-2-2 mark during the swing. The lone victory came Friday afternoon in Philadelphia, as Calgary notched a 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers.
Roughly 24 hours after the win in Philly, however, the Flames were dealt a convincing loss on the other side of Pennsylvania as Sidney Crosby netted the sixth hat trick of his career to lead the Penguins to a 4-1 victory at CONSOL Energy Center.
The Flames are playing their first game in Calgary since they ended a four- game home losing streak with a 7-2 victory over Chicago on Nov. 19. Calgary is 5-5-0 at the Saddledome this season.
The Wild have not fared well since winning three straight from Nov. 14-19, losing three of their last four games. The lone victory of that stretch came Friday night against visiting Nashville, but Minnesota gave up seven goals in a road loss to Colorado the next night.
The Avalanche recorded a 7-4 triumph over the Wild on Saturday, scoring four times in the second period alone to take the contest at the Pepsi Center.
“We sure weren’t great tonight,” Brodziak said. “The second period we were just not ready for their team speed and we just did not counter.”
The Wild are 4-4-1 on the road this season, but will get a chance to host Calgary this Friday in St. Paul.
Minnesota beat the Flames, 2-1, at Xcel Energy Center back on Nov. 5 and has won three straight and seven of eight overall in the series. The Wild have also won three in a row in Calgary.