Hot streaks on line as Flames visit Predators
On the back of an impressive road record, the Calgary Flames now find themselves on top of the Northwest Division.
But that will be put to the test on Monday night when the Flames visit the Nashville Predators (6 p.m. MT), who have been just as impressive at home.
Calgary has only one regulation loss on the road this season, and is 9-1-3 overall away from the Saddledome, but the Predators come into the game with an 8-1-0 record in their last nine games at the Sommet Center.
With a win or overtime loss on Monday, Calgary (16-6-3) would tie a franchise record by earning a point in 10 consecutive road games. The Flames are 2-0-0 while in the middle of a six-game road swing, and are going for their fourth straight win.
Nashville (15-9-1) has only lost three times in the month of November, going 9-3-0 in that span.
Calgary's latest victory wasn't easy, as the Flames had to score two goals against Columbus to tie the game with six minutes left in regulation, before winning 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday.
"We regrouped during the intermission," Calgary coach Brent Sutter said. "We talked about getting back to playing the way we did during the start of the game, for the first 30 minutes.
"Just keep going and going, stay patient with it and it will happen for us. And it did."
Nashville also won on Saturday, defeating Florida 4-1 at home.
Iginla getting help
Captain Jarome Iginla is still leading the way on the stat sheet, with four assists in his last two games adding to his team-high 27 points, and now he's getting some help from his teammates.
Centre Olli Jokinen has quietly tallied 12 points in his last 11 games, and Nigel Dawes has scored in his last three games after going 12 contests without a goal.
The Predators' hot hand is forward David Legwand, who has matched a career high with points in his last five games.
Both team's No. 1 netminders are expected to start on Monday, as Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff and Nashville's Pekka Rinne each had the night off on Saturday.
Kiprusoff is 3-0-1 with a 1.23 goals-against average and one shutout in his last four games.
Flames forward Rene Bourque is still questionable with an undisclosed injury, but is skating. Bourque is second on the team with 21 points. Rugged defenceman Cory Sarich (undisclosed) is also not expected to play. Nashville is injury-free.
Monday's contest marks the first of four meetings between the Preds and the Flames. Calgary swept the season series last year, and has won seven of nine against Nashville overall.
With files from The Associated Press