NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, November 29th
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (11-8-4) at Calgary Flames (9-12-1), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators were able to get back into the win
column their last time out and will shoot for back-to-back victories tonight
against the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.
The Predators ended a four-game slide with a 2-1 victory at Edmonton on Monday
thanks to goals from Nick Spaling and Shea Weber. Anders Lindback stopped 17
shots to earn his first win of the year for Nashville, which is 1-2 on a five-
game road trip and 7-5-1 as the guest this season.
"It's nice to be able to contribute," Spaling said. "I think we are a team
that scores by committee so when we can help out that's great. We want to
continue to do that, that's our game to do, put pucks to the net and be able
to contribute offensively."
Predators forward Blake Geoffrion left the game in the second period with an
upper-body injury and is questionable for tonight. Defenseman Francis Bouillon
is expected to miss tonight's game because of a groin problem. Predators
goaltender Pekka Rinne is expected to be back in the crease this evening.
Nashville will close out the trek Thursday at Vancouver.
Calgary is back home and will play two straight games as the host versus the
Predators and Blue Jackets. It is 4-5-1 at home and currently last in the
Northwest Division standings.
The Flames ended a three-game losing streak and won for the second time in six
tries with a convincing 5-2 triumph at Minnesota on Sunday thanks to goals
from T.J. Brodie, Mark Giordano, Jarome Iginla, Lee Stempniak and Alex
Tanguay. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 19-of-21 shots in the victory.
"Everybody responded, nobody's happy where we're at in the standings, nobody's
giving up," Iginla said. "It's a boost that we need."
Calgary went 1-3 on the four-game road trip. Defenseman Scott Hannan (leg) is
listed as questionable for Tuesday's game.
Nashville blanked the Flames, 2-0, on Oct. 22 this season at the Saddledome
behind Rinne's 21st career shutout. Rinne made 33 saves and both Niclas
Bergfors and Sergei Kostitsyn scored goals for the Predators, who snapped a
four-game losing streak in the series with the win.
The Flames have won 10 of the past 13 meetings with Nashville.
11/29 10:50:33 ET