Barker Not In Calgary

Update: Nik Backstrom will start tonight, and Matt Cullen and Cal Clutterbuck will both play.

Cam Barker is not with the team in Calgary tonight, as he is tending to a personal matter. He is expected to be ready to return to the lineup when the Wild and Flames meet again on Monday. Clayton Stoner will get back in the lineup for the first time since November 26.

As for the goaltending situation, the team is keeping that quiet for now. Nik Backstrom has very good numbers against the Flames, going 5-1-1 with two shutouts and a 1.28 goals against average in his last six against the division rivals.

It appears that Matt Cullen and Cal Clutterbuck are both good to go. Clutterbuck is “banged up” but was out on the ice for the morning skate. Cullen has missed the last three games with a groin injury but should be good to go as well.

Gametime is 9:00 tonight. Get your shopping done early and drink plenty of caffeinated beverages.

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