Flames can up their home win streak to 7 tonight, although they will face a stiffer test than the Minnesota Wild. New Jersey isn’t quite an upper echelon club, but their top two lines are concern. Sutter will have to pick one of Parise/Kovalchuk or Elias to worry about, meaning at least one of the Devils trios is going to spend a lot of time against Brodie/Sarich and one of the Flames lesser lines. That’s a problem.
On the other hand, Brodeur is no longer the best goalie in the league. In fact, at 40-years old, he’s not even middling anymore. If he has a bad night, the Flames can win this one. If not, it’s going to be a tough one.