Nashville Predators @ Calgary Flames Preview: Out of the Frying Pan...

Frederick Breedon

There's no time to fret over last night's 7-4 loss at Vancouver, as the Predators get right back to work tonight at Calgary (8:00 p.m. Central on FS-TN).

The Stats

Nashville Predators Calgary Flames
Record 11-10-6 19th 10-11-4 25th
GF/Game 2.22 29th 2.76 14th
GA/Game 2.33 4th 3.24 28th
5-on-5 SF/60 23.3 30th 28.6 13th
5-on-5 SA/60 26.0 6th 28.5 16th
Fenwick Close 46.25 24th 51.67 12th
5-on-5 Save % .931 4th .886 29th
5-on-4 GF/60 5.7 17th 6.9 9th
# of PP's/Gm 3.22 26th 3.60 19th
4-on-5 GA/60 8.0 28th 7.4 23rd
# of PK's/Gm 3.33 7th 3.12 3rd

These two teams aren't exactly the cream of the NHL's crop, but if the game stays mostly at 5-on-5 Nashville's goaltending could make the difference. Both teams take relatively few penalties and don't draw many from their opponents, so there's hope on that front.

The Preds return home to face Calgary in a rematch on Thursday - take the OTF Discount and save money on tickets!

Calgary Flames

When it comes to making the playoffs, it looks Feaster Famine once again in Calgary. SportsClubStats gives the Flames just a 14.2 percent chance of qualifying for the post-season right now, and they've recently scraped the bottom of the Western Conference standings (now held by Colorado). Dark times, indeed:

The Flames' loss to the Kings on Saturday night combined with the Blue Jacket's sudden resurgence and the Oilers' unlikely win over the Chicago Blackhawks today have put the Flames in last place in the Western Conference. The Flames and Oilers have an identical -16 goal differential, although Edmonton has played two more games than Calgary has. Tomorrow's game against the Kings marks the halfway point of the season for the Flames, and with the team being six points out of a playoff spot and the trade deadline quickly approaching, time is running out for Hartley and Co. to right the ship.

But the question of whether or not it would be best just to let the said ship sink remains unanswered by anyone in the organization.

--- Matchsticks & Gasoline

As that ship sinks, should the captain make a getaway? All eyes are on Jarome Iginla, to see if Calgary decides to cash in their chips and send him somewhere to compete for a Stanley Cup in exchange for picks & prospects, since it doesn't look like the Flames are going to be a contender any time soon:


Jarome Iginla

#12 / Right Wing / Calgary Flames

6-1

207

Jul 01, 1977



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
2012 - Jarome Iginla 25 7 12 19 -4 15 1 0 1 84 8.3

Nashville Predators

What sort of team will we see tonight? The one that shut out Dallas on Tuesday, or the one which gave up seven goals to Vancouver last night?

What we do know is that Pekka Rinne will be back in goal, and he'll look to bounce back with a dominating performance.

Up front, the hot hand of late might actually belong to a guy who's caught a lot of flak this season:


David Legwand

#11 / Center / Nashville Predators

6-2

204

Aug 17, 1980



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
2012 - David Legwand 27 5 7 12 0 10 2 0 0 38 13.2

Leggy has been flat-out awful this season, but he is riding a four-game point scoring streak into tonight's contest. Yes, it includes that fluke half-ice goal against Edmonton last Friday, but on an offenisvely-challenged team like the Predators, beggars can't be choosers.

So what do you think? Can Legwand ride to the rescue tonight? The puck drops at 8:00 p.m. Central, so make sure to come back for the Game Thread...

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