The Calgary Flames got an impressive 6-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night to give the Predators their second loss in as many nights. Curtis Glencross recorded a hat trick to lead the way offensively for the Flames.
Pekka Rinne was pulled for the second time in two straight games for the first time in his career. Rinne surrendered two goals on the first two shots on net by the Flames and was relieved by Chris Mason in the eight minutes into the first period after Blake Comeau converted on a flawless 3-on-2 rush.
Gabriel Bourque, Mike Fisher and David Legwand all scored goals for the Predators, but it wasn’t enough. Nashville did not play well at all defensively for the second consecutive game. Calgary had a lot of time in space to set things up all night long, and they entered the zone with a lot of speed that caught the Predators off balance.
Nashville only surrendered 22 shots on goal against the Flames and only surrendered 22 shots on goal against Vancouver on Thursday night. In the last 44 shots on goal the Predators have surrendered, they have given up an astonishing 13 goals. Simply put, it’s almost impossible to win games when surrendering goals that frequently.
With the loss, the Predators currently stand in 10th place in the Western Conference with 28 points and an 11-11-6 record with 20 games remaining in the regular season. The Predators will take on the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night and then travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night to close out their current five-game road trip.
Five things about Friday night’s game…
- Sergei Kostitsyn was a healthy scratch on Friday night in what was likely an effort by Barry Trotz to send a message. Kostitsyn has not been producing enough offensively so far this season, and this healthy scratch could serve as a wake-up call.
- Scott Hannan was a minus-1 on Friday night, dropping his total on the season to minus-11. He has not played well defensively for the Predators as of late.
- Gabriel Bourque scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season on Friday night. He’s been a very productive, consistent player for the Predators so far this season, and he’s only going to get better as his career progresses.
- Matt Halischuk recorded an assist to notch his fourth point in the last three games since being sent down to Milwaukee for a conditioning assignment.
- Mike Fisher scored his second goal in as many games. If he starts to contribute offensively on a more regular basis, the Predators should be in good shape to collect points if they correct things defensively.
Three stars of Friday night’s game…
1. Curtis Glencross, CGY…Glencross notched a hat trick, which marked the third player this season to notch a hat trick against the Predators.
2. Mark Stajan, CGY… Stajan notched three assists and played a very solid game for the Flames.
3. Lee Stempniak, CGY… Stempniak recorded two assists and made an incredible pass to Glencross for his second goal of the game.