NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, October 19th (All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (2-2-0) at Nashville Predators (3-0-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators will try to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they host the Calgary Flames tonight at Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators opened the season with three straight victories, but were dealt an overtime loss Saturday by visiting Washington. Brooks Laich's power-play goal 1:44 into the extra session gave the Capitals the 3-2 win.
The winning score came when Alex Ovechkin, who drew a tripping penalty against Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter in the extra session, fired a slap shot from the point that Laich deflected over Predators goaltender Anders Lindback.
After two periods the Predators appeared to be on their way to a fourth straight win, but Washington erased a two-goal deficit with third-period tallies from Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischmann.
"I thought we came out really well," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "We had a lot of structure, a lot of pace. We had a tremendous amount of chances. We were skating and reducing penalties."
J-P Dumont and Jordin Tootoo lit the lamp for the Predators, while Lindback stopped 31 shots in the loss. Lindback, a 22-year-old rookie, was making his third consecutive start in place of starter Pekka Rinne. Rinne has been bothered by a lower-body injury recently, but has returned to practice and could possibly get the start tonight.
Veteran winger Martin Erat could also return to action tonight after missing the last two games with back spasms. Erat was second on the Predators last year with 21 goals.
Calgary picked up its second win in four games this year with Saturday's 5-3 home decision over the rival Edmonton Oilers. Niklas Hagman and Jarome Iginla scored third-period goals to lead the Flames to the comeback victory at the Saddledome. Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves in the victory.
Iginla also added an assist to record his first two points of the season. The longtime Calgary star has great career numbers against Nashville, posting 50 points (26 goals, 24 assists) in 40 career games against the Preds.
Alex Tanguay scored twice on Saturday and Brendan Morrison also tallied for the Flames, who rebounded nicely from Thursday's loss to Florida. Calgary has been feast or famine so far this season, getting shut out in its two losses while scoring a total of eight goals in two wins.
Flames forward Rene Bourque has missed the last two games with a head injury, but has accompanied the team on its current road trip. Bourque is questionable for tonight.
Calgary is kicking off a three-game road trip tonight and will also make stops in Detroit and Columbus before returning to the Saddledome for a five-game homestand.
The Flames and Preds split four meetings in 2009-10, but Calgary has taken six of eight and nine of 13 overall in the series. Nashville has dropped four straight and five of its last six home games against the Flames.
10/19 10:38:42 ET