The Nashville Predators begin a nine-day road trip tonight with a game against the Calgary Flames. It will be the first of four meetings between the two clubs this season. The puck drops at 9:00 p.m. CT at Pengrowth Saddledome, and the match will be televised on FSN South and broadcast on 104.5-FM The Zone.
Calgary (3-4-1) is in the middle of a three-game road trip and has won one of its last four games. Currently ranked last in the Northwest Division, the Flames most recently defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1 on Tuesday. Calgary has three players tied atop the team scoring leaderboard with 7 points each: Jarome Iginla, Craig Conroy, and Matthew Lombardi. Lombardi has been the most consistent Flame lately, with at least one point in each of the past five games. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who won the Vezina Trophy last season as the league's top netminder, is off to a relatively slow start this year with just three wins in eight appearances, a goals-against average of 2.76 and a save percentage of .908.
Nashville (5-3-1) has won five of its last six and is coming off a 4-3 home win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Scott Hartnell scored twice in that game and now leads the Predators in goal scoring with five. Martin Erat, who is in the midst of a four-game point streak, is tied with Paul Kariya for the team points lead with nine in nine games. Kariya has assists in three straight games.
Nashville leads the all-time series with a 15-8-6 record and is unbeated in six games against the Flames. The Predators have won the last three meetings in Calgary, taking two one-goal decisions last season.
Detroit has now caught up with us in points, both teams have 11, we have this game in hand. A win or a tie puts us in sole posession of the top spot in the Central!