(6-1-2) Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames (5-4-2)
8 P.M. | Scotiabank Saddledome
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game
The Nashville Predators are set for a rather ghoulish matchup in the second contest of their season-long, six-game road trip, as they'll face the Calgary Flames on Halloween. The team's record on the holiday is anything but frightening, however, as the Preds are 4-2-2 all-time on Oct. 31.
Nashville recorded their sixth win of the season on Wednesday night in Edmonton, defeating the Oilers by a 4-1 final. Forward Craig Smith led the way for the Preds, potting two goals on the night, while defenseman Roman Josi dished out two helpers in the victory.
Tonight's game marks the second meeting of the young campaign between the two clubs. Calgary got the best of Nashville at Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 14, coming away with a 3-2 win in a shootout. Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro tallied for the Preds in the loss.
Overall, the Predators are 29-20-11 against the Flames, but just 11-11-7 in the Saddledome. The last time the two faced each other in Cowtown, on March 21 of 2014 to be exact, the Preds came away with a 6-5 win, their first victory in Calgary since Oct. 22, 2011.
The Flames have been solid on the road, but are just 1-2-2 in their own barn this season. Tonight's contest signals the final of a five-game homestand for the Flames. Calgary has lost two in a row, most recently to Montreal in a shootout on Tuesday.
Calgary will be without center Matt Stajan, who was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. The Flames have recalled forward Markus Granland, the man who leads the Flames' AHL affiliate, Adirondack, with three goals.
Preds forward Olli Jokinen recorded 59 goals and 106 assists during two separate stints with the Flames, first from 2008-10, and then again from 2010-12. In 21 career outings against Calgary, Jokinen has 16 points (7g-9a).
Tonight's contest can be seen on Fox Sports Tennessee or heard on 102.5 The Game. Pete Weber and Stu Grimson have the call on the television side, while Willy Daunic and Brent Peterson detail the action over the radio.
Predators projected lines:Forwards:
Forsberg - Ribeiro - Neal
Cullen - Roy - Smith
Jokinen - Wilson - Beck
Bourque - Gaustad - NystromDefensemen:
Josi - Weber
Volchenkov - Jones
Ekholm - EllisGoaltenders:
HuttonCalgary Flames projected lines (via calgaryflames.com):
Glencross - Monahan - Jones
Gaudreau - Byron - Setoguchi
Ferland - Granlund - Hudler
Bollig - Bouma - McGrattanDefensemen:
Brodie - Giordano
Russell - Wideman
Smid - EngellandGoaltender:
Live from Calgary, Willy and Brent give their keys to tonight's game:
Photo Evidence (via @KWilsonPreds):
(Adorable) Shot of the Day (via @ZenofTerryCrisp):
Preds broadcaster Terry Crisp's grandchildren meet with goaltenders Pekka Rinne and Carter Hutton during the morning skate in Calgary. Notice the youngster in awe of Pekka.