UPDATE (2:15 PM CT): Fisher out tonight
Predators’ head coach Barry Trotz said that Mike Fisher will be out for Tuesday night’s game and that he hopes that he might be available for Thursday night’s game in Detroit. Filip Forsberg will play on both Tuesday and Thursday night, and then the Predators will make a decision about whether or not to send him to Milwaukee.
- Robby Stanley
7:00 PM CT – Calgary Flames (19-22-4) @ Nashville Predators (15-21-9)
TV: Fox Sports Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game
Last time out:
CGY- Sunday evening in Minnesota, Bob Hartley’s Flames played the role of spoiler in a surprising 4-1 win over the Wild. Mike Cammalleri was one of three Flames skaters to record two points in the victory, Calgary’s sixth in their last eight games. Joey MacDonald made 34 stops to carry the Flames to two points.
NSH- Last Friday, the Predators once again fell short in a tight battle with the Blackhawks. Matt Halischuk recorded his first-career two-goal game and Bobby Butler tied it at 4-4 late in the third period, but Marian Hossa scored a power play goal in overtime to propel Chicago to a 5-4 victory. The loss was Nashville’s eighth in a row, a franchise record.
Players to watch:
CGY- Sven Baertschi
The Flames’ 2011 first-round pick has been red-hot of late. Baertschi has six points in the last five games and is currently on a line with Cammalleri and Mikael Backlund.
NSH- Filip Forsberg
It is Forsberg’s fourth game of the season, and a trip to Milwaukee for the AHL playoffs is possible. Will he be able to score his first NHL goal tonight?
Projected starting goaltenders:
CGY- Miikka Kiprusoff (2012-13 stats: 8-13-2, 3.41 GAA)
NSH- Pekka Rinne (2012-13 stats: 14-16-8, 2.42 GAA)
Projected lineups from last game/practice:
|Mike Cammalleri||Mikael Backlund||Sven Baertschi|
|Ben Hanowski||Matt Stajan||Tim Jackman|
|Jiri Hudler||Roman Horak||Maxwell Reinhart|
|Paul Byron||Ben Street||Lee Stempniak|
|Brian McGrattan||Roman Cervenka||Blair Jones|
|Mark Giordano||Cory Sarich||Miikka Kiprusoff|
|Mark Cundari||T.J. Brodie||Joey MacDonald|
|Chris Butler||Brett Carson||Leland Irving|
|Anton Babchuk||Dennis Wideman*|
|Bobby Butler||David Legwand||Filip Forsberg|
|Sergei Kostitsyn||Nick Spaling||Matt Halischuk|
|Rich Clune||Chris Mueller||Craig Smith|
|Daniel Bang||Kevin Henderson||Austin Watson|
|Taylor Beck*||Mike Fisher*||Patric Hornqvist*|
|Roman Josi||Shea Weber||Pekka Rinne|
|Victor Bartley||Kevin Klein||Chris Mason|
|Hal Gill||Jonathon Blum|
*Lineups are subject to change
CGY- Steve Begin (hand, questionable), Dennis Wideman (finger, doubtful), Curtis Glencross and Alex Tanguay (knee, out), Derek Smith (lower body, out)
NSH- Mike Fisher (hand, out), Patric Hornqvist and Taylor Beck (upper body, out), Brandon Yip (lower body, out), Paul Gaustad and Colin Wilson (shoulder, out), Gabriel Bourque (knee, out)
Keys to the game:
CGY- Continue strong PK… The Predators’ man advantage has been good on home ice this season, executing at a 23.1% clip (eighth-best in the NHL). However, that power play will be facing a recently-stingy Flames penalty kill tonight. Calgary’s PK is 24-for-25 in the last eight games. Whoever wins this game within the game will have an advantage.
NSH- Better D-zone play… Nashville has surrendered five goals in four of their last six games, many of which have come via turnovers or with traffic in front. If the Preds wish to finish off their home schedule with on a winning note, they’ll need to do a better job in front of Rinne – whether it’s cutting down on mistakes or doing what’s necessary for the goalie to see the puck.
Numbers to know:
- This is the third and final meeting between the two teams this season. The home team has won each meeting, with the last coming on Mar. 21 when the Preds won 5-3.
- The Preds are 10-9-4 at home this season … Calgary is 6-13-2 on the road.
- All-time, the Preds are 16-9-1 against Calgary at home and won both meetings in Nashville last season.
- All-time, the Preds are 7-5-1 in home finales.
- Pekka Rinne is 4-5-2 with a 2.62 GAA and .912 save percentage in 13 career games vs. Calgary. His counterpart, Miikka Kiprusoff, is 16-13-1 with a 2.48 GAA and .911 save percentage in 31 career games vs. Nashville.
- Roman Josi has 5 points in 5 career games vs. Calgary.
- Power play: Nashville (16.7%, 19th) … Calgary (20.7%, 8th)
- Penalty kill: Nashville (75.8%, 29th) … Calgary (81.6%, 14th)
On Mar. 18, 2006, the Preds and Flames engaged in one of the wildest games in Predators franchise history. The Preds came away with a 9-4 win over Calgary, and it didn’t come without a good amount of animosity between the two teams…