Predators @ Calgary Flames (Game 28): Preview

The Nashville Predators play their second of a back to back in Alberta as they take on the Calgary Flames. The Predators have a record of 11-10-6 are ranked 10th in the Western Conference with 28 points. The Flames have a record of 10-11-4 with 24 points and ranked 14th in the Western Conference. Puck drops at 8:07pm CT.

TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game

Calgary: Sportsnet-West and Fan 960

Season Series

This will be the first meeting between these teams.

Line Up News

Starting Goaltenders:

#35 Pekka Rinne 10 8 5 2.13 .919
#34 Miikka Kiprusoff 4 5 2 3.30 .878

Projected Nashville Scratches: #7 D Jon Blum, #17 C Chris Mueller and #28 C Paul Gaustad (upper body); #27 W Paul Gaustad (IR; upper body), #33 C Colin Wilson (IR; upper body) and #75 D Hal Gill 

Projected Calgary Scratches: #6 D Cory Sarich, #10 C Roman Cervenka and #33 Anton Babchuk; #32 F Paul Byron (IR; broken wrist)

Projected Lines


#74 Sergei Kostitsyn #12 Mike Fisher #10 Martin Erat
#57 Gabriel Bourque #11 David Legwand #19 Bobby Butler
#23 Zack Boychuk #15 Craig Smith #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 #22 Scott Hannan
#35 Pekka Rinne
#30 Chris Mason


#40 Alex Tanguay #11 Mikael Backlund #12 Jarome Iginla
#20 Curtis Glencross #18 Matt Stajan #22 Lee Stempniak
#17 Blake Comeau #13 Mike Cammalleri #24 Jiri Hudler
#16 Brian McGrattan #25 Steve Begin #15 Tim Jackman
#5 Mark Giordano #26 Dennis Wideman
#4 Jay Bouwmeester #7 TJ Brodie
#27 Derek Smith #44 Chris Butler
#34 Miikka Kiprusoff
#35 Joey MacDonald

Thoughts on Both Teams

Predators: After losing in a goal contest the night before to the Vancouver Canucks 7-4, the Predators will look to get back to their usual style of play, a defense first, hard forecheck and capitalizing on chances. Nashville did capitalize on a good amount of chances last night, but the defense was not there.

In lineup news, Chris Mueller could step in for Zach Boychuk or Brandon Yip and Jon Blum could come in for struggling Scott Hannan. 

The three keys to the game for the Preds are 1) Keep it simple, 2) Capitalize on chances and 3) Support Rinne.

Flames: Being donned as one of the most underrated teams in the NHL, the Flames are looking to disprove that theory. Unfortunately, things haven't been going their way as they find themselves 14th in the West. Trade rumors have been distracting the team as of late with the trade deadline approaching as well, which isn't good for team chemistry. Leaders like Jarome Iginla, Jay Bouwmeester and Miikka Kiprusoff are being questioned of their play.

Calgary hopes to gain some momentum and start a needed winning streak against the Predators after beating another Central Division opponent Detroit Red Wings, 5-2. 

Former Pred Brian McGrattan should return to the lineup to faceoff against the team that traded him earlier this year. McGrattan may look to seek revenge against the club by dropping the gloves with Rich Clune, the most likely candidate. However, expect "Big Ern" to play a clean game to not upset his fans in Smashville.

Calgary Flames Players to Watch:

Name GP G A
#12 Jarome Iginla 25 7 12
#13 Mike Cammalleri 22 9 9
#20 Curtis Glencross 23 9 6

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