Backup Alex Stalock will start Sunday against the Flames at Xcel Energy Center when the Wild wraps up a four-game homestand, but No.1 Devan Dubnyk will be honored before puck drop for playing in his 500th career game earlier this season.
“You just want the goalie’s focus on the game rather than everything else, family coming in and all this stuff,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “So that was the reason we did it that way.”
Dubnyk was in net Saturday afternoon when the Wild toppled the Jets 3-2 in overtime, rallying after scoring the tying goal in the third period. The victory snapped a two-game slide for the Wild.
“Hopefully that translates over into tonight’s game,” defenseman Matt Dumba said. “It was awesome. I thought that was one of the best games we’ve played in a while, so we want to keep that rolling.”
This is the second of three meetings between the Wild and Flames.
The Wild won the first matchup, 3-0, on Dec.23. That game was the second half of a back-to-back for Calgary. This go-around, it’ll be the Wild finishing off two games in two days.
“They’re going to be really ready for us,” Boudreau said. “Taing nothing anyway from anybody but once Winnipeg got the lead [Saturday], they sort of sat back and we kept going at them. I don’t think Calgary is going to sit back at all today.”
Jordan Greenway-Eric Staal-Mats Zuccarello
Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Kevin Fiala
Marcus Foligno-Joel Eriksson Ek-Luke Kunin
Ryan Donato-Victor Rask-Ryan Hartman
Ryan Suter-Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin-Matt Dumba
Carson Soucy-Brad Hunt
1-3: Record in the second half of a back-to-back.
7: Shots for defenseman Ryan Suter Saturday, a season high.
2: Points for winger Luke Kunin in the previous game vs. Calgary.
.903: Career save percentage for Stalock against the Flames.
4: Points for center Joel Eriksson Ek in his last five games.
About the Flames:
Calgary is just two points ahead of the Wild after an up-and-down run of late. Following a seven-game win streak, the Flames dropped three in a row, won once, lost once, won again and then fell twice before winning Thursday against the Rangers. Center Sean Monahan has been in an offensive groove of late, boasting a four-game point streak. Overall, he ranks secondo n the team in points (34). Winger Matthew Tkachuk paces the Flames with 36. Center Elias Lindholm has a team-best 16 goals.