NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, January 24th
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (27-15-6) at Calgary Flames (22-21-6), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The surging Nashville Predators will aim for a fourth
straight victory tonight when they visit the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank
In addition to winning their last three games, the Predators have also claimed
victories in 10 out of 12 trips to the ice. As a result, Nashville is second
in the Central Division and fourth in the Western Conference with 60 points.
Nashville is also 3-1-0 on a six-game road trip that is set to end Wednesday
in Vancouver. The Preds lead the Western Conference in road wins with a
16-11-1 record away from Music City.
The Predators notched their most recent win in Edmonton, as they edged the
Oilers 3-2 on Sunday night. Cody Franson scored the lone goal of the shootout
to lead Nashville to the win at Rexall Place.
Nashville's second shooter, Franson snapped a shot off the right post and in.
Taylor Hall was the last chance for Edmonton, but Pekka Rinne made the stop of
Hall's backhand for the win.
Alex Sulzer had a goal and an assist while Joel Ward scored the other goal for
the Predators. Rinne made 22 stops while Franson had two assists.
"I didn't like the way we played," admitted Nashville coach Barry Trotz said.
"We can be a little firmer on a lot of areas of our game."
The Flames notched a 1-0 overtime win in Nashville in the only meeting
between the clubs this season back on Oct. 19. Rene Bourque recorded the
OT winner to give Calgary its seventh victory in the last nine encounters
between these clubs.
Nashville has posted wins in its last two trips to Calgary, but the
Predators have still dropped four out of seven at the Saddledome.
Calgary has also posted victories in its last two trips to the ice and both of
those wins came against first-place teams. The Flames are 14th in the Western
Conference standings, but only five points out of a potential playoff spot.
The Flames posted a 7-4 win Friday against visiting Dallas, who lead the
Pacific Division, and then notched a shootout win the following night in
Vancouver against the Northwest Division-leading Canucks.
Alex Tanguay was eventually credited with the winning shootout goal in
Calgary's 4-3 victory over the Canucks at Rogers Arena. After Ryan Kesler
missed the net to begin the third round for Vancouver, Tanguay flicked a
backhander that got lost in the equipment of Canucks goalie Roberto
Luongo, whose momentum propelled him over the goal line.
Although the officials initially ruled no goal, a video review overturned
the call and assured the extra point for Calgary.
Brendan Morrison, Curtis Glencross and Tim Jackman tallied for the
Flames, who have won four of their last six games. Miikka Kiprusoff made
The Flames are playing the first of two straight on home ice tonight.
Calgary ended a three-game slide as the host with Friday's win over the
Stars and the Flames are 12-9-1 at the Saddledome this season.
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