NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, October 23rd
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (2-3-1) at Nashville Predators (3-3-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators will continue their three-game
homestand tonight versus the Calgary Flames at the Sommet Center.
Nashville ended a two-game slide with a 6-3 victory on Saturday versus the
Columbus Blue Jackets in the opener of the homestand. Martin Erat scored twice
and Shea Weber had a career-high four points with a goal and three assists to
help the Predators end a two-game slide and improve to 2-0-0 at home. Weber
leads the club with seven points and three goals this season.
David Legwand also scored and added an assist for Nashville, which got goals
from Joel Ward and Rich Peverley. Goaltender Dan Ellis turned aside 23-of-26
shots in a winning cause.
In injury news for the Predators, who are trying to open with three straight
home wins for the first time since posting five straight victories to start
the 2005-06 campaign, center Jason Arnott is probable for Thursday's game due
to a broken right ring finger. He has missed three games. Also, center Nick
Tarnasky is expected to be activated from injured reserve in time for tonight.
Nashville will welcome the Los Angeles Kings to the Sommet Center to close out
its current homestand on Saturday.
The Flames ended a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Washington
Capitals on Tuesday night, as Matthew Lombardi put Calgary ahead for good with
a second-period score.
Jarome Iginla also scored and Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves in the winning
effort. Kiprusoff has compiled a 3.81 goals-against average in all of
Calgary's six games this season.
Calgary will begin a two-game road trip tonight at Nashville and Phoenix, and
is 0-2-0 away from the Saddledome this season.
Nashville has won two in a row and is 10-3-1 in the past 14 encounters with
Calgary. Both teams split four meetings a year ago.
The Flames are only 1-7-1 in their previous nine trips to Nashville.
10/23 10:48:33 ET