February 26, 2013
Flames hope to take advantage of early chances

Flames forward Lee Stempniak gets robbed by goalie Niklas Backstrom from the Wild in NHL action in Calgary on Feb. 23, 2013. (Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency)

If recent history is any indication, two goals should do it.

In their first of four meetings this season, the Minnesota Wild eked out a 2-1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames.

Just three days ago, the Flames earned a slice of redemption with a 3-1 triumph over the Wild, their offensive haul buoyed by an empty-net goal.

Despite the additions of skilled forwards such as Zach Parise (Minnesota) and Jiri Hudler (Calgary) and offensive-minded defencemen like Ryan Suter (Minnesota) and Dennis Wideman (Calgary), you can still expect a tight-checking, defence-first affair whenever the Flames and Wild face off. Tuesday's battle at Xcel Energy Centre (6 p.m., SNWest) should be no exception.