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Streaking Minnesota Wild Halted by Calgary Flames

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Streaks are very interesting in the NHL. They are rare because of the rigor of everyday play — especially in a shortened season — and cannot be predicted or planned.

In the case of the Calgary Flames, their most recent streak — winning six of their last eight games — comes when the postseason is completely out of the question, and the term “rebuild” has already begun to be thrown around. Nonetheless, Calgary defeated the Minnesota Wild in the midst of another streak.

Joey MacDonald made 34 saves for the Flames and Mikael Backlund, Mike Cammalleri and Jiri Hudler all contributed with goals. Rookie Mark Cundari also scored a goal during his first NHL game to give the Flames a 4-1 victory over the Wild.

Calgary may be looking toward next season, but Minnesota is still very much alive in this year’s playoff battle. The Wild currently sit as the No. 7 seed, and are still trying to prove their worth after an offseason of notable free agent acquisitions. Minnesota will need to win at least two of their next three games to secure a playoff spot in the Western Conference, as they sit with just 51 points.

What’s next for the Calgary Flames? By trading away Jerome Iginla and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, and with veteran goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff contemplating retirement, Calgary’s immediate plan looks to be to completely blow up the team and move on.

The Flames’ youth and aggressiveness has made them a dangerous team to play late in a short season, and Minnesota can attest to that.

John Engel is a Pac-12 basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.