WHO: Nashville Predators (47-21-6) vs. Calgary Flames (37-25-10)
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. CT
WHERE: Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, Alta.
TONIGHT THE PREDS WEAR: White
TELEVISION: FSN South (Comcast cable Ch. 28 in Davidson and Williamson counties, DISH Network Ch. 451, DirecTV Ch. 664)
RADIO: WGFX 104.5-FM; SATELLITE RADIO: XM Radio Ch. 205, SIRIUS Radio Ch. 110
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One-Sheet Game Preview
Tonight the Nashville Predators continue a three-game Western Canada road swing with a stop in Calgary to face the Flames. Game time is 8:00 p.m. CT at Pengrowth Saddledome and the action will be televised on FSN South and broadcast on WGFX 104.5-FM.
The Flames (37-25-10) are 2-3-0 over their last five games but are coming off a big 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Forward Jarome Iginla, who leads Calgary with 82 points in 61 games, has a four-game point streak going while teammate Alex Tanguay has goals in two straight games and points in three straight.
The Predators (47-21-6) suffered a frustrating 2-0 defeat in Vancouver on Tuesday but have a chance to quickly put that behind them with tonight's contest. Nashville still holds the Western Conference points lead but slipped to second in the overall league standings after Buffalo leapfrogged the Preds with a win Tuesday.
Tonight's Predators-Flames game wraps up the four-game season series between the two clubs. Nashville is 3-0 against Calgary so far, most recently downing the Flames 6-3 in Nashville on March 8. Defenseman Shea Weber and forward Jason Arnott each scored twice in that game.
After games tonight and Saturday on the road, Nashville will play five straight home games before ending the 2006-07 regular season at Colorado on April 7.
Tonight's game is the second half of the last of Nashville's 19 back-to-back sets this season. The Predators are 11-8-0 in the first contest and 13-3-2 in the second half of back-to-back tilts in 2006-07.
With a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars this past Saturday, Nashville has reached the 100-point mark (47-20-6) for the second straight season. The Predators have posted franchise records this season in both road wins (21-15-2) and road points (44). In the Western Conference, only San Jose (23-13-1, 47 points) has posted more points on the road.
NASHVILLE QUICK HITS
Nashville penalty-killers went 7-7 last night at Vancouver and are 25-27 (92.6%) on the PK over their past six games... The Predators have not registered more than 21 shots in any of their five shutout losses this season... The Predators lead the Western Conference in goals (249). The club is 10 goals shy of matching its franchise record for goals (259), set last season... The Predators need one point (or Colorado to lose one point) in order to clinch their third consecutive berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs... Nashville defenseman Shea Weber is expected to skate in his 100th NHL game tonight. The 21-year-old leads Nashville in hits (148) and leads club defensemen with 15 goals. Only Andy Delmore (18 in 2002-03 and 16 in 2001-02) scored more goals in a single season from the Nashville blue line... Predators captain Kimmo Timonen scored the game-winner as part of his first two-goal game of the season on Saturday night vs. Dallas. The blueliner has reached the 40-assist mark this season for the first time in his career and has notched a career-high with 52 points (12g-40a). He has hit the 50-point mark now in back-to-back seasons and is two points shy (78g-220a-298pts) of 300 in his NHL career... Right wing J.P. Dumont has 15 points (6g-9a) in his last 15 games... Left wing Paul Kariya leads Nashville in assists (48) and points (23g-48a-71pts) and is one of three players (along with Dumont and second-year defenseman Ryan Suter) to have skated in all 74 Nashville games this season... Rookie right wing Alexander Radulov (14g-16a-30pts) needs three points to tie Martin Erat's Nashville rookie record for points (9g-24a-33pts).