After a win Monday, Flames coach Darryl Sutter spoke about just how tough the NHL schedule is — especially on top players that play big minutes. He wasn’t just talking about his team, either, and he was smart to point out that opponents are also dealing with fatigue. The Flames are among four teams short on rest this week:
Minnesota Wild: Heading into the season, I was skeptical that Cam Talbot and Kaapo Kahkonen would be able to provide the Wild with adequate goaltending. Later, I was surprised to see Kahkonen playing so well, and about a month ago I was really starting to question things with Kahkonen building a case to become the starting goaltender. However, Kahkonen has undone all of his good work from earlier in the season, and Talbot has continued to struggle. The two have combined to post the second-worst save percentage (.863) in the league since the All-Star break. Minnesota is working their way through a tough portion of the schedule, too, and they will likely be very tired when they play a set of back-to-back games later this week. The Wild have a big homestand coming up, but first they’ll hit the road to play the Red Wings on Thursday and the Blue Jackets on Friday. The Wild will be playing their sixth game in nine days when they take on Columbus, but the Blue Jackets will be playing their second game in as many nights as well.