NHL Preview: Flames at Predators
What's at stake
It's been feast or famine offensively for the Calgary Flames, scoring eight goals in two wins and getting shut out in two losses. Fortunately, they travel to Nashville feeling like the offence is finally on track. A five-goal explosion in the Battle of Alberta will do that sometimes. The Nashville Predators opened the season with three straight wins — their finest start in five years — before losing an overtime squeaker Saturday, and they seem to have found a keeper in backup netminder Anders Lindback. The 22-year-old has been brilliant subbing for injured incumbent Pekka Rinne, now fit enough to play. Expect Martin Erat to return to the lineup following a bout of back spasms. Calgary shuffled its roster a bit, too, sending T.J. Brodie to the AHL and picking up Brendan Mikkelson from the Anaheim Ducks.
By The Numbers
Goals scored: 8
Goals against: 11
Current streak: 1W
Goals scored: 13
Goals against: 9
Current streak: 1L
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Rink: Bridgestone Arena
Head to head: Flames-Predators
Players to watch
Calgary — Jarome Iginla
Iginla notched his first points of the season — a goal and an assist — as Calgary trimmed the Edmonton Oilers 5-3. He has 26 goals and 50 points in 40 career games against Nashville.
Nashville — Steve Sullivan
Sullivan leads the Predators through four games in goals (4), points (5) and shots (18), even though he was held off the scoresheet in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals.
Calgary — Miikka Kiprusoff
Kiprusoff, ever the workhorse, has yet to take a night off this season, yielding 11 goals on 103 shots for a solid 2.75 goals-against average in four starts.
Nashville — Pekka Rinne
Rinne returns between the pipes in his second start. He suffered an injury 43 minutes into Nashville's season-opening victory over Anaheim on Oct 9.
Calgary — Rene Bourque (head) is listed as questionable, but might return at some point on the three-game road swing through Nashville, Detroit and Columbus.
Calgary and Nashville split four meetings last season, with the Flames winning 5-0 and 3-1 at Bridgestone Arena. Calgary has won six of the last eight encounters, including four in a row at Nashville.
What they said
"We have been playing well and, obviously, we want to stay positive regardless of who you play, but we've got to try and take as many points as possible, regardless of who we're playing. Again, regardless of who we're playing, it's our own building so we've just got to worry about ourselves." — Predators forward Joel Ward
"Obviously, it's been a tough start as a team and definitely, for me, personally. "[Saturday's winning effort] definitely felt like our most complete game of the year and something that we can learn from and build on." — Flames captain Jarome Iginla
With files from The Canadian Press