Preview #49: Predators Face Surging Flames

By Amanda DiPaolo

Season Records

Nashville Predators 27-15-6
Calgary Flames 22-21-6

CALGARY, CANADA - March 7: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Calgary Flames gets in a scrum with David Legwand #11 of the Nashville Predators during their NHL game at the Pengrowth Saddledome on March 7, 2008 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
Here David Legwand is getting in the grill of now Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf (Photo: Yardbarker)

Nashville plays the second game in another back-to-back series tonight when they face the Calgary Flames. Calgary had a rough start to the reason but recently have been playing better. The Flames have collected points in 7 of their last 8 games and have recent victories over division leading Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars.

Last year, Nashville split the season series against the Flames with the away team being victories in all four games. Overall, the Predators have a winning record at the Scotiabank Saddledome. In 22 games, the Preds are 9-7-3-3 despite scoring 54 but allowing 64 goals against Calgary.

The Predators first met Calgary this season on October 19th, in Nashville. The Flames were 1-0 winners on the strength of an overtime goal by Rene Bourque. It was a game which saw Ryan Suter injured that kept him out of the lineup for a considerable amount of time when he collided with Cory Sarich less than three minutes into the game.

The Flames will be in Nashville on February 1st, the first game back after the All-Star break. It will be the second and final meeting in Nashville between these two clubs in the regular season.

Last night, the Predators edged the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shootout. Cody Franson had his first attempt in the shootout and was the only player for either side to score.

The win improves Nashville’s record on the road since New Year’s Eve to 7-2-0. Nashville is tied for the second most wins on the road this season with 16 victories away from Bridgestone Arena.

It was a night of firsts for Predators defensemen at Rexall Place. Alexander Sulzer scored his first career goal. He also picked up an assist on the night.

After Monday night’s game, Nashville visits Vancouver for the first time this season on Wednesday night. The game will wrap-up Nashville’s six-game road trip and is the last game before the All-Star break.

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