|Calgary Flames||Nashville Predators|
|5-on-5 Save %||.891||30th||.916||17th|
|# of PP's/Gm||3.33||17th||2.93||27th|
|# of PK's/Gm||3.13||9th||2.93||3rd|
The Predators are 1-1 against Calgary this season, having lost 6-3 in a March 15 road game, followed by a 5-3 win at Bridgestone Arena on March 21. While mediocre in most areas of the game, the Flames have been done in by soft goaltending this year.
This will mark the fourth consecutive season in which Calgary will miss the playoffs, a few more years of that and this era may become known as the Feaster Famine up in Alberta. For quite a while Flames fans wondered whether a Jarome Iginla trade might kick off a fundamental rebuild of the organization, but as events turned out a few weeks ago, the return on players like Iginla, forward Blake Comeau and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was less than expected.
Consider the way their captain Iginla steered his trade to Pittsburgh for a relatively paltry return, and by comparison, Predators fans should watch Filip Forsberg in action and erect a statue to Martin Erat in gratitude.
After a long run as the Flames' starting goalie, Miikka Kiprusoff's apparent finale in Calgary is making for a big disappointment, as he's posted some of the worst numbers of his career. This season marks the first time he's played more than five games without recording a shutout... might he get one against the goal-starved Preds?
#34 / Goalie / Calgary Flames
Oct 26, 1976
|2012 - Miikka Kiprusoff||23||1285||8||13||2||73||3.41||618||545||.882||0|
The real threat, however, is goal-scoring sensation Brian McGrattan (yup, you read that right). The former Nashville mauler has three goals in 17 games for Calgary, matching what he had produced in all of his previous 214 NHL appearances.
Big Ern has as many goals as Sergei Kostitsyn and Craig Smith.
With a bit of luck, we'll get a last look at Mike Fisher on home ice tonight, but not Patric Hornqvist or Taylor Beck, who have both been felled by Upper Body Injuries.
There is potential for one nice moment tonight, as David Legwand sits on 199 career regular season goals heading into this game. Hitting the #200 milestone in front of the home crowd would underscore Legwand's place as the Predators' career scoring leader, a position which is now all the more secure in light of the Erat trade.
#11 / Center / Nashville Predators
Aug 17, 1980
|2012 - David Legwand||45||11||12||23||-4||20||2||0||2||74||14.9|
Remember, tonight is Fan Appreciation Night, so if you're going, make sure to get there on time and give it your all for our last dose of hockey at Bridgestone Arena until the fall...