Calgary Flames @ Predators (Game 31): Preview

After receiving a 6-3 embarrassing loss to the Calgary Flames last week in Alberta, the Nashville Predators seek revenge at Bridgestone Arena Thursday night. The Predators are 11-13-6 and ranked 13th in the Western Conference with 28 points. The Flames are 14th in the Western Conference with a record of 11-12-4 and 26 points. Puck drops at 7:08pm CT.

TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game

Calgary: Sportsnet-West and Fan 960

Season Series

Date Away Home Result
1/15 NSH CGY 3-6 CGY

Line Up News

Starting Goaltenders:

#35 Pekka Rinne 10 10 5 2.31 .912
#34 Miikka Kiprusoff 5 5 2 3.27 .876

Projected Nashville Scratches: #22 D Scott Hannan (upper-body) and #74 W Sergei Kostitsyn; #27 W Patric Hornqvist (IR; upper body), #33 C Colin Wilson (IR; upper body) and #75 D Hal Gill (IR; lower body)

Projected Flames Scratches: #6 D Cory Sarich, #25 W Steve Begin and #33 D Anton Babchuk

Projected Lines


#56 Taylor Beck #12 Mike Fisher #10 Martin Erat
#57 Gabriel Bourque #11 David Legwand #15 Craig Smith
#19 Bobby Butler #17 Chris Mueller #24 Matt Halischuk
#16 Rich Clune #13 Nick Spaling #18 Brandon Yip
#6 Shea Weber #59 Roman Josi
#8 Kevin Klein #64 Victor Bartley
#4 Ryan Ellis #7 Jon Blum/#75 Hal Gill
#35 Pekka Rinne
#30 Chris Mason


#13 Mike Cammalleri #12 Jarome Iginla #40 Alex Tanguay
#20 Curtis Glencross #18 Matt Stajan #22 Lee Stempniak
#17 Blake Comeau #11 Mikael Backlund #24 Jiri Hudler
#15 Tim Jackman #10 Roman Cervenka #16 Brian McGrattan
#4 Jay Bouwmeester #27 Derek Smith
#5 Mark Giordano #26 Dennis Wideman
#44 Chris Butler #7 TJ Brodie
#34 Miikka Kiprusoff
#35 Joey MacDonald

Thoughts on Both Teams

Predators: Nashville is on a major slump right now and are looking at not making the playoffs for the first time in a while. Currently, the Predators are on a four game losing streak, all of which coming on the road. They are in dyer need of points if they want to be in the playoff conversation.

Sergei Kostitsyn may be so deep in Barry Trotz's dog house right now, he may never come out. Yes, he is a top-six forward on the roster, but he hasn't produced nor competed to the high standard the organization has set. Kostitsyn shouldn't be in the lineup, but it will be determined before puck drop.

Hal Gill may in fact return from a lower body injury suffered February 23 in Detroit. The penalty kill and the defense in general for the Preds have been mediocre as of late and it would be huge to get Gill back into the lineup.

The three keys to victory for Nashville are 1) Play a full 60 minutes; 2) Don't wait until the final moments of the game to play; and 3) Execute on special teams.

Flames: Similar to the Preds, the Flames have been on a slump as well. Calgary has been pitiful on the road, going winless in their past seven games. Head coach Bob Hartley has had enough and expect him to switch the defense up a bit. 

Sitting four points out of playoff position at 14th, the Flames want this win just as bad as the home team. Expect them to go balls to the wall Thursday night and have a similar showing like their last meeting a week ago.

Calgary Flames' Players to Watch:

Name GP G A
#12 Jarome Iginla 27 7 13
#20 Curtis Glencross 25 12 7
#24 Jiri Hudler 24 6 13

Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.