Predators, Flames meet in West showdown
Tuesday, 01.05.2010 / 7:00 PM
NHL.comFLAMES (24-12-5) at PREDATORS (25-14-3)
Calgary 5-4-1; Nashville 7-3-0
This is the third of four meetings, with each team winning on the road. On Nov. 30, Miikka Kiprusoff
stopped 22 shots for his second straight shutout, leading Calgary to a 5-0 win. David Moss
, Nigel Dawes, Adam Pardy, Curtis Glencross
and Jarome Iginla
scored goals. On Dec. 19, Nashville scored twice in the third period for a 5-3 victory to overcome two goals from Iginla. Since the shutout at the hands of the Flames a month earlier, the Predators went 7-1-2. Martin Erat
, David Legwand
, Marcel Goc, Cody Franson and Dave Scatchard scored goals.
Calgary has won three straight games at Nashville. The Flames have also won four straight and allowed only four goals during that span. The Predators are receiving solid goaltending as well and coach Barry Trotz has alternated his netminders for six straight games. If the rotation continues, Dan Ellis will start against the Flames.
Calgary is beginning a two-game road trip that will also take it to Minnesota on Wednesday. The Flames' last game was a 3-1 home win against Toronto last Saturday.
Glencross scored the go-ahead goal on a power play midway through the second period and added an empty-netter to run Calgary's win streak to four games. Iginla had a goal and two assists, and Kiprusoff made 24 saves.
"We've had a pretty consistent work ethic through the whole lineup and that's how you get success, you need four lines to play the game," said Glencross, who has three goals in two games after snapping a 10-game drought.
"We're just trying to get shots, hound them, get a forecheck, and as a line, we've been getting some chances and it's nice to see them go in tonight," Iginla said.
This is the second in a four-game homestand that began with a 3-1 win against Anaheim last Saturday. Nashville has now won three straight.
Jason Arnott and Shea Weber
scored to break long goal droughts. Arnott's first goal in 10 games, assisted by Weber, broke a 1-1 tie.
"It's been crazy the last week or so with chances, posts, and things like that, but the other guys have been picking it up in that regard and winning games offensively," Arnott said. "It gets a little bit of the pressure off of you a little, but you always want to go out and score goals to help the team win."
After Anaheim opened the scoring in the first, Weber scored his first goal since Nov. 25, a span of 18 games, in the second period. He tied a career high with 10 shots on goal in the game.
For the Flames, Daymond Langkow
has 4 assists in two games, Rene Bourque
has 4 goals and 2 assists in four games, Glencross has 3 goals in two games, Craig Conroy
has 2 goals and 2 assists in five games, and Iginla has a goal and 2 assists in two games.
For the Predators, Joel Ward has 3 assists in two games, Arnott has a goal and two assists in two games, Patric Hornqvist
has 6 goals and 4 assists in nine games, and Legwand has 2 goals and an assist in three games.
For the Flames, Cory Sarich
(undisclosed) is on injured reserve. For the Predators, Jordin Tootoo
(foot) and Jerred Smithson
(hand) are on injured reserve, and Erat (lower-body) and Kevin Klein
(upper-body) are day-to-day.
Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester
holds the longest current ironman streak in the NHL at 383 games. … The Flames are tied for first in the NHL in most shorthanded goals (6) and have allowed the second fewest shorthanded goals (1). … Six Nashville players are representing five nations in the Winter Olympics: Weber (Canada), Erat (Czech Republic), Alexander Sulzer and Goc (Germany), Ryan Suter
(United States) and Hornqvist (Sweden). … Nashville is 22-8-2 in 32 games since Oct. 28.
"I think both of them are going pretty good right now. I don't think I can make a bad decision right now. I could close my eyes and get the quarter out and flip it and both could do a good job. That is the luxury we have and it will be really important for us.” –Trotz on Rinne and Ellis